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Camino Seguro/ Safe Passage

managed by Christian O. (Communication)

About us

Safe Passage (“Camino Seguro”) opened its doors in 1999 to provide hope and assistance to the children of the Guatemala City garbage dump. We believe every child should have the opportunity to receive an education and to go as far as they are able in school. Our programs are designed so that each child can gain the skills needed to obtain stable jobs, to be self sufficient and to lead their families out of poverty in a dignified and permanent way.

Formal education is far beyond the reach for many of the children living on the periphery of the Guatemala City garbage dump. They are unable to afford the school uniforms & shoes, enrollment fees, school supplies and books required by the Guatemalan public schools. With financial support from Safe Passage, each child is able to attend a local public school for the half-day term and then come to our center for educational reinforcement, caring and supervision.

Our staff, consisting of Guatemalan teachers, social workers, and support staff and international volunteers, currently serves more than 550 children ages 2-19 years old. Each child receives assistance with homework and hands-on learning activities designed to reinforce basic primary school concepts through our educational reinforcement program. They also participate in a range of arts, music, sports & recreational activities, English language classes, and computer instruction that provide opportunities to learn valuable life and social skills.

Safe Passage is committed to providing each child with nutritional support, including a daily healthy meal & snack, medical attention from our on-site clinic, vocational training programs, and weekend clubs for girls, boys and mothers. Additionally, Safe Passage provides services for children 2-3 years old through the early intervention program, and adult literacy for our children’s mothers,

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Ich habe 533,32 € Spendengelder erhalten

  Christian O.  27 November 2018 at 04:28 PM

Dear friends of Camino Seguro / Safe Passage,

Thank you so much for all your contributions.

Please read Ed's story to see what has been achieved thanks to your gifts and donations.

Meet Edinzon, a sixth-grade student. In his own words:

Edinzon at age 12
My name is Edinzon, I’m 12 years old, and I’m the sixth of eight siblings. My mom supports us by working in the garbage dump, mainly collecting plastic bottles to sell. One of my sisters also works inside the dump, and I’ve been a part of Safe Passage since I was 2 years old.

Edinzon at age 6

What I like the most about coming to school is Crew because we have fun while we learn. I use most of my energy during the Crew because we get to go outside and do fun activities that help us practice using our values, such as trust and leadership.

My favorite class is math because I like solving math problems. I like Expeditionary Learning because we don’t have too much homework – instead, we work together and learn through action. I think we get to learn more with EL because we have different teachers that are specialized in different subjects. I also like having different teachers because they all think and teach in a different way. My favorite teacher is Seño Yasmin because she is really patient and loving.

Edinzon and his peers on an expedition to the Natural History Museum

I’m proud of myself because now I’ve learned how to express myself in a better way. I’ve learned a lot here at school and I feel more confident about the things I say.

When I think about my community, what worries me the most is what happens inside the garbage dump. There have been many accidents there where people die, and I don’t want my mother and sister to be hurt in any way.

Edinzon and his family at Family Day celebrations

In the future, I want to be a lawyer so I can help other people. I’d like to come back to Safe Passage after I graduate and tell the other kids about my experience here and encourage them to follow their dreams.

Watch Ed's video
Watch our “Educating Edinzon” video to see what a day in the life of a Safe Passage student looks like, and hear from Edinzon himself about how Safe Passage has helped him. 

All the best


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