Category: Americas

Giving Back to the World We Travel: Safe Passage in Guatemala

Safe Passage

Get a firsthand glimpse of daily life at Safe Passage and see some of the projects we’ve supported in the video above. The words “garbage dump” and “neighborhood” should never be synonymous—yet such is the case in Guatemala City, where the area known as the basurero (Spanish for “dump”) is as dangerous as it is poverty-stricken. For… Read more »

Patricia Gualinga – Human Rights Defender

“Destroying the Amazon is the destruction of the world.” – Patricia Gualinga The Amazon has been called the “lungs of the world”, producing one-third of the world’s oxygen. Deforestation and oil excavation threaten this rich biodiverse region, and ultimately, all of us. Many of those fighting to defend the Amazon are the Indigenous leaders who… Read more »

Support for the Kichwa Indigenous Community in Ecuador

“MY ENTIRE COMMUNITY IS UNDER WATER AFTER EXTREME FLOODINGS! My family, my friends, and people along the Bobonaza river basin have lost their homes, crops, animals, everything. The bridge that connects my community is destroyed. The school is gone. It is the worst flooding ever in the region. I am devastated and I feel powerless… Read more »

An update from Safe Passage – Guatemala

As the pandemic raged through Guatemala City, Guatemala the 500 families whose children attend Safe Passage were particularly hard hit.  Their main source of income has been selling items recovered from the city dump and with the lockdown restrictions, their income quickly disappeared.  GCF with the support of our donors was able to provide support… Read more »

Giving back in Costa Rica

Costa Rica as many other countries that lives mostly from tourism had suffer from the lack of travelers during this 2020. Communities from the coasts that usually welcome the OAT travelers are going through tough times lately, and Costa Rica Regional office wanted to give back a little and visit a community that has not… Read more »

An Update on Maijuna Pandemic Prevention and Relief Efforts

Grand Circle Foundation has partnered with OnePlanet to support the Maijuna tribe in Peru since 2018. Coronavirus is having a devastating impact on Indigenous peoples throughout the Amazon. Indigenous communities are extremely vulnerable to the pandemic due to persistent inequality, discrimination, and lack of access to health care. With a total population of only 600,… Read more »

Delivering 50 baskets of love

50 family baskets, delivered to 37 families monthly based on amount of family members, in two locations: Santa Esperanza in Pocosol, and San Juan de Penas Blancas. Covid-19 has stopped the Costa Rican economy and families are unable to have their basic needs covered.  As tourism has stopped all over the world, communities have been… Read more »

Remote learning at Sinamune Disabled Orchestra

In 1992, Maestro Edgar Augusto Palacios, together with his wife Marcia and daughter Ada, founded the Sinamune Disabled Children’s Orchestra. A national music system for special-needs people (mostly children and young adults), Sinamune was created by the Cultural Foundation “Edgar Palacios” to help students overcome mental and visual challenges to develop the motor skills needed… Read more »

Food distribution at Safe Passage – Guatemala

Safe Passage is a non-profit organization, working for the empowering and the education of the poorest children and families living in the communities located around the Guatemala City’s garbage dump, by creating opportunities and fostering dignity and self-esteem through the power of education. Safe Passage has diverse needs and projects that must be covered each… Read more »