St. Michael’s Parishioners Return to Safe Passage in Guatemala
This February, 12 St. Michael’s parishioners will travel to Guatemala to volunteer for Safe Passage (Camino Seguro), a charitable organization providing education and after-school support for poor children whose families work in the City Garbage Dump in Guatemala City. The volunteers will spend working with students at a school.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and parishioners have supported Safe Passage’s mission for more than 10 years. The trip is made possible by donations and fundraising efforts at the parish. In addition, the volunteers have created a GoFundMe page to raise money to benefit an all-day school for children ages 2 to 20.
The volunteers will arrive in Guatemala on Sunday, February 19, and stay through Sunday, February 26. The group includes Milton Residents Margery Buckingham, Karen Hainline, Lucy Hainline, Thomas Hamblet, The Rev. Hall Kirkham, Cathy Smith, Morgan Smith, William Swanson, Barb Tennyson, Clara Tennyson, Lilly Tennyson, and Heidi Vaughan.
Each day, Safe Passage provides more than 550 children and 100 parents with education, social services, and the chance to move beyond the poverty their families have faced for generations. The Safe Passage School boasts a library of 1000 books, and almost 500 people have participated in adult literacy classes. Since 2007, 111 children have graduated from high school, and the organization has made it possible for women to become entrepreneurs by selling crafts and goods to support their families.