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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Human Services, International, International Relief

Mission: Safe Passage empowers the poorest, at-risk children, of families working in the community of the Guatemala City garbage dump, by creating opportunities and fostering dignity through the power of education.

Target demographics: foster hope, education and opportunity

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 550 children, ranging in age from 2 to 21 years, and 100 mothers, coming from nearly 300 families in the surrounding neighborhoods

Geographic areas served: Guatemala City

Programs: education, health services, English, adult literacy, creative expression, arts, social entrepreneurship and more for the children and families living and working in extreme poverty around the Guatemala City garbage dump. Our administrative staff, led by our Executive Director, is comprised of accomplished professionals from Guatemala and around the world. Guatemalan teachers and staff are assisted by caring volunteers who come from countries all over the map and from within Guatemala. Our Board of Directors has Guatemalan and North American representation and meets several times annually, including twice each year in Guatemala. Also central to Safe Passage's community are the hundreds of sponsors and visitors and the thousands of supporters whose dedication to our children and families keeps us thriving.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent 4 months in the project in early 2000. And never stopped supporting after I have been there. I started a friendship group in Germany and we are supporting Camino Seguro ever since. We visit the project every few years to keep track of the changes. We are proud tobe part of the supporting community as Camino Seguro is doing great work for the children at the city dump of Guatemala.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Took my daughter to Safe Passage in Guatemala in 2010--she had a passion for the organization and made donations as a high school student. The programs we toured were inspiring and impactful in an environment that otherwise offered little hope.

3 Deborah82

Donor

Rating: 5

After bringing our second child home from Guatemala in 2007, we were looking for an impactful way to stay connected to the country and the children who grow up there in destitute poverty. We found Safe Passage and have supported their work ever since. They bring not just nutrition and education for children, but support for the entire family unit and dignity, to the community in which they work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Passage fulfills the academic, social, and nutritional needs of some of the most destitute children in Guatemala City. The organization takes a whole-family view, and has also started programs supporting the education and economic independence of mothers as well.

1 James172

Donor

Rating: 5

Safe Passage is creating a compassionate path, an ever-challenging path, to justice and peace and togetherness. I'm very happy to walk with them and provide what little help I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I visited Safe Passage's program in Guatemala in 2014, and was so impressed not only with the care shown for the families they work with, but also with the professionalism and thoughtfulness with which the staff and volunteers approach the work. In my ongoing interactions with the program since then, I continue to be impressed. This is a high-quality organization that is motivated to do good, and which does good - and, important to me, carries out its work with a high degree of intention and strategic thinking. Safe Passage is a wonderful example of how a great, simple idea that starts with one person committed to making a difference, can grow into a mature organization with a sustainable vision for the future.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places in the world :) you walk in and you leave it all behind, in there it's all about having fun with the kids and the volunteers and staff as well. You can have a great time and make friends from all over the world while you help this kids build a better future from themselves!

1 Ana_29

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best organizarion I have ever been. The kids are amazing and the expirience of working with them makes you learn to enjoy every minute of your life.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Safe passage is an extraordinary program in Guatemala City, Guatemala. They deserve this award for their hardwork with families working and living in the municipal dump. Go safe passage!

1 Ryan57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Safe Passage is one of the best established and most effective non-profits that I know of in Guatemala and I have witnessed and worked with dozens there.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had the amazing opportunity to work with safe passage last spring. Absolutely fantastic program. You can see the impact Safe Passage has on the community from the minute you get there. Invaluable.

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SafePassage 02/09/2015

Thank you for your kind words!