I am a grandmother paddling alone over 2,500 miles from Maine to Guatemala. Along the way I will be:
- telling the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump community
- honoring their entrepreneurial mothers
- talking about the success of the Safe Passage model school and
- raising funds for additional grades for the school.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Guatemala Connections in Chicago and Rotary's Campaign to End Polio

At RI Headquarters:  The women of Chipastor!
A spur of the moment trip to Chicago led to more Guatemala connections, thanks to an invitation from Marga Hewko.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Global Women of Action at the United Nations

Deb and the other five "Global Women of Action" at the UN
I was so humbled to be honored at the United Nations as a "Global Woman of Action".

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Paddle Day 18: Paddling Companions and Drones

Joey in his carbon Petrel Play
Great day paddling with Joey Schott (Turning Point Kayaks) and Sharon Sugden, including a drone encounter!  Lost my first piece of equipment in 1909 miles!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Video from a Safe Passage student about following your dreams

This short video is the advice of a Safe Passage student about following your dreams.  Pat Ellis, who has volunteered for so many years helping the English program at Safe Passage told me she was almost in tears as she watched and listened.  "When the English program started, we had no idea how successful it could become."  Being able to speak English has been so important for many Safe Passage graduates to get a good job.  Thank you to the many volunteers who have worked so hard, and an even bigger thank you to the students who have studied so hard!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Paddle Day 17: Made it to Florida!

Two reporters and Art and Theresa at arrival
Last minute route change added six miles, but made the day much easier.  Like coming home staying with the Schusters!

Friday, October 30, 2015

The tides are not cooperating: I don't want to paddle at night

Demonstrating the Greenland paddle to the press
Plans change with the tides and the wind, and great people help me out.

Paddle Day 16: High High Tides and Deep Deep Conversation

Fort Frederica with soggy cannons 
Wet and windy day with strong currents.  Record high tide flooding they say.