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November 1, 2013

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November 1, 2013

I joined Safe Passage over eight years ago and have been involved with the organization ever since. I had the privilege of meeting Hanley and became her friend. Through the years I have seen the impact Safe Passage has on the kids, their families and the community. Being from Guatemala, I feel very proud of the work Safe Passage does and will keep on supporting this effort with all my capacities.

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I am convinced the organization has a clear mission and strategy to achieve its purpose.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 31, 2013

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October 31, 2013

I first became aware of Safe Passage 7 years ago when I had coffee with its charismatic founder Hanley Denning. In one short hour I was hooked. In part it was Hanley's deep commitment to the children and families living and working at the Guatemala City dump that motivated me to be come a volunteer and donor. In part it was the intriguing approach she was using. Weeks later, I was on my way to Guatemala to see this project first hand. I was deeply shocked at the appalling poverty at the dump. It was far more brutal than anything I had ever seen or imagined. I was deeply moved as I learned about Guatemala's tragic history. But more than anything else, I was impressed by the vibrancy of the Safe Passage program. Using education as the central focus, this very smart approach addresses the whole child and the whole family, enabling the children the opportunity to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Safe Passage offers these children hope for a better future and the tools to attain it.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Create a full fledged school at Safe Passage, moving the children out of the half day public school system that relies on rote learning into a full day program that fosters critical thinking and exploration.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 22, 2011
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September 22, 2011
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Charity Navigator's rating of Safe Passage indicates the organization has not had a audit by an independent auditing firm. This is not the case. For several years the firm of Mcdonald Page, Maine's largest accounting firm has performed a full and complete audit of Safe Passage. They send a teams of auditors to both our USA location in Maine and to Guatemala annually. We recently changed fiscal years and had both a six month audit of the extended fiscal year and and 18 month audit of the total fiscal year. Apparently, this caused Charity Navigator rating system some confusion. Safe Passage takes the audit process seriously, and the reports of our auditor are reviewed both by our Finance Commmittee and full board.

John Gundersdorf, Treasurer

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the tremendous impact on both the children we serve in Guatemala City, their parents, and also the huindreds of volunteers who visit us annually. We example we track health metrics of the more than 550 children we have in the current program.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want to clone it in every neigbhor where poverty and terrible conditions hold children back.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Became involved when the founder died suddenly in an auto accident in Guatemala

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Ensure every child is safe and doing their best educationaly.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Ensure the financial stability of the organization and use it as a model for other greass roots effort to help children in similar neighborhoods.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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