Safe Passage Founder at Wheelock as Part of Visiting Scholars Series

October 10, 2006

Hanley Denning, a Wheelock alumna and the founder of Safe Passage in Guatemala, will visit Wheelock October 10 -15 as part of the college’s Visiting Scholars Program.

Safe Passage attempts to provide hundreds of children at the Guatemala City garbage dump with the skills, caring, support and supervision they need in order to lift themselves and their families from grinding poverty. Safe Passage works to help these at-risk children stay in school and pursue their dreams of an education. The areas in which the organization works are plagued by drug abuse and crime. For the many children who come to Safe Passage each day, it is a refuge from the painful realities of a life marked by extreme poverty, abuse and neglect. www.safepassage.org

During her time at Wheelock, Hanley will focus on how she and her staff work daily to create a safe, clean, learning environment for children living in the Guatemala City Dump. She will describe how she founded the Safe Passage Program and other services including social services and literacy programs. Part of her presentation will describe how she uses volunteers and students to provide critical services in this third-world country. She will meet with students from Education, Human Development, and Social Work about the work at Safe Passage and how they can volunteer with the organization.

To arrange a visit with Ms. Denning for your class or organization, contact Brian Price bprice@wheelock.edu. Guatemala City, Guatemala: June 2007 Faculty Contact: Ellie Friedland efriedland@wheelock.edu

In 2007, an International Service Learning Trip will be available to Wheelock graduate students that will include two weeks of immersion with the Safe Passage.

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