BENEFITING: Safe Passage
EVENT DATE: Apr 27, 2014
In the summer of 2012, I visited my friend Kelsey in Guatemala City. She was working as an English teacher for a nonprofit organization serving at risk youth living in and around the Guatemala City garbage dump. When I decided to go visit her, I was thinking it would be a great vacation. As an English teacher myself, I was defintiely interested in seeing the school where Kelsey had spent the past year working; quite honestly though, as I boarded my flight out of JFK, I was more interested in the volcanoes and black sand beaches.
As I embarked on my trip to visit Kelsey in Guatemala, I was entirely unprepared for the effect that Camino Seguro would have on me. Soon, though, I saw that this school provided education to some of the most underserved kids to whom I had ever been exposed. But more importantly and more heart-rendingly, it provided them with a safe haven from their frighteningly dismal and dangerous day-to-day realities.
Safe Passage is truly an oasis in the middle of the most extreme poverty, violence, and neglect. With the refuge provided by Safe Passage, these kids are able to seek respite from their daily lives spent amidst severe gang violence and incomprehensible poverty. At Safe Passage, they are greeted by people who care about them; they are provided with food, school supplies, education, and most transformatively, compassion.
On April 27, 2014 I will run the New Jersey Marathon in honor of Safe Passage, and between then and now I hope to raise as much money as I can to support this organization's important work.
I could continue to praise the invaluable work that Camino Seguro does for these children, but instead I will provide you with some links that will help you to see for yourself the service that Camino provides for kids who would otherwise remain voiceless.
Hanley's Story: http://www.safepassage.org/history
Read this for the unbelievable story of one woman who took the initiative to advocate for the children of the Guatemala City garbage dump. Well worth the read- you may want a box of tissues nearby.
A short clip that shows some of the work that Safe Passage does:
Thank you for taking the time to come to my page and read about Safe Passage. I hope that you will consider donating!