KAYAK FOR SAFE PASSAGE KIDS

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Photo by Hilary Walker

Photo by Hilary Walker

THE CAUSE: Raise awareness and funds for a school for children living in a garbage dump community in Guatemala City.
THE INSTIGATOR: Deb Walters
THE METHOD: Walters, a 63-year-old grandmother and retired research scientist, paddled solo down the U.S. Atlantic coast from Yarmouth, Maine, to the southern tip of Florida, where she then sailed with a friend to Central America. She continued south in her stitch-and-glue plywood kayak to Guatemala. Her Kayak for Safe Passage Kids project aimed to raise awareness and funds for a school for children living in a garbage dump community in Guatemala City. Her fundraising goal of $150,000 was enough to add third- and fourth-grade classes to a school funded by Maine-based nonprofit Safe Passage.

— Read more about Deb Walters and Kayak for Safe Passage Kids.

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