Wheelock College is collecting empty bottles and cans to raise money to help foster education in one community in Guatemala.
Safe Passage works to help cover the costs of attending public school, and offers tutoring and support to children living in extreme poverty around Guatemala City’s garbage dump, according to Wheelock. The organization also offers adult literacy programs and currently includes about 550 children under 21 years old from 300 families, according to Wheelock.
The program was founded in 1999 when Hanley Denning, who received her master’s in education from Wheelock, helped 46 children enroll in school and offered them tutoring and support.
Denning was killed automobile accident in 2007 in Guatemala, and the Wheelock community aims to spread awareness and support for her organization.
The school will be collecting bottles and cans through March 24 when it will host a public screening of a documentary about Camino Seguro.
Bottles and cans can be dropped off at Wheelock’s Campus Center at 150 The Riverway. The documentary is scheduled to be shown from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Alumni Room at 180 The Riverway on March 24.
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