Who We Are

Our mission: Safe Passage transforms lives by providing students with an excellent education, a higher quality of life, and pathways to a job with dignity so they can achieve a better future for themselves and their families.

Our vision: Safe Passage is an international model for how a transformational education of the whole child – focused on wellness, lifelong learning, vocational skills, and community engagement – can break the cycle of poverty.

We are a top-rated charity working in Guatemala City since 1999 to bring hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families trying to make a living around the city’s garbage dump—one of the largest landfills in Central America.


Inspired by the vision of our founder, Hanley Denning, we are educators, healthcare providers, donors and volunteers from around the world. Together we educate nearly 500 children and 100 adults from nearly 300 families. We guide our students as they achieve their goals and change their lives.

Our History

Safe Passage started with one woman’s humble vision to touch the lives of the poorest, most at-risk children in Guatemala City and has grown significantly since our early days in 1999. Read our history.

Our Team

Meet our dedicated Board members, administrators, and staff from around the world working together to advance our mission. Meet our team.

Partner Organizations

We’re always looking to collaborate with like-minded groups and individuals across the globe who believe in the promise of education and foster opportunities for community-wide growth. See our partners.


Our audited Annual Reports, Financial Statements, and IRS 990s show how we carefully steward the resources entrusted to us. View our financials.

Employment Opportunities

You can join our community of committed people in Guatemala and across the world and make a positive impact on our children and their families. Work with us.

Contact Us

We invite you to visit our U.S. office in New Gloucester, Maine and our program site in Guatemala City. Please contact us in advance of your visit, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today.