Our Timeline


Hanely Denning's visit to the Guatemala City garbage dump compelled her to create Safe Passage to meet the educational and nutritional needs of at-risk children working in the dump.


Volunteers began traveling to Guatemala to support Hanley's efforts, and we started our Child Sponsorship Program.


Safe Passage became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization and began to gain donors and supporters from around the world.


We opened our Educational Reinforcement Center (CRE) to provide after-school enrichment to half-day Safe Passage students, and started our Early Childhood Education Program to meet the needs of our youngest learners.


Safe Passage formed a Board of Directors, Educational Reinforcement was expanded to include high school students, and Planting Seeds curriculum was introduced for Safe Passage’s youngest full-day learners.


Our Adult Literacy Program for grandparents and parents began,  and the U.S. Office opened to oversee development, communication, and outreach efforts with a global network of supporters.

January 18, 2007

Hanley's sudden death moved people around the world to celebrate her life and accomplishments by creating and supporting The Hanley Denning Fund endowment.

February 2007

The Fran Doonan Early Childhood Education Center (once known as the Guarderia and now known as the Escuelita) opened to house programs for our youngest learners.

November 2007

The first two Safe Passage high school graduates celebrated program completion, the opportunity to attend university and seek gainful employment, and a safe path out of poverty.


Our first class of Adult Literacy graduates celebrated program completion, and the opportunity for a better future for their families.


We celebrated our 10th anniversary, the inauguration of the Peace Garden and constructed our Physical Education center to house and expand our sports program.


The Safe Passage Board of Directors implemented a strategic planning process to strengthen our educational model, retain more students, and provide additional support within our community.


We celebrated our 15th anniversary, and we added two full-day second grade classrooms as part of our continued vision to provide full-day education for students through grade 9.


We added two full-day third grade classrooms, and the Safe Passage Learning, Art and Fun center was constructed in one day with the help of thousands of Guatemalan and international volunteers.


We added two full-day fourth grade classrooms and implemented a new teaching methodology based on Expeditionary Learning.


We added two full-day fifth grade classrooms. Safe Passage was rated once again as a four star charity by Charity Navigator.


We added two full-day sixth grade classrooms, and celebrated the end of our $3.5 million dollar campaign to complete our full-day preschool and primary school.


We added our first full-day middle school grade with the addition of 7th grade. In September, we broke ground on the McAdams Family Learning Garden and Annex.