Grandmother embarks on 2,500-mile kayak journey
Deborah Walters raising money for Guatemala childrenUPDATED 10:31 AM HST Jul 18, 2014Video Transcript
A GRANDMOTHER IN MAINE HAS MADE HELPING THE KIDS IN GUATEMALA HER LIFE'S MISSION. TODAY, DEB WALTERS FROM TROY, OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED HER YEAR LONG JOURNEY TODAY...FROM PORTLAND'S EASTERN PROMENADE BEACH. SHE IS KAYKING FROM MAINE TO GUATEMALA WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE GROUP SAFE PASSAGE. DEB FIRST WENT TO GUATEMALA ON A ROTARIAN TRIP AND MET WITH FAMILIES WHOSE CHILDREN WERE DIGGING IN THE GUATEMALA CITY DUMP TO HELP SUPPORT THE FAMILY. THEY WERE NOT GOING TO SCHOOL. NOW DEB'S HELPING TO RAISE MONEY THROUGH HER EXPEDITION TO ADD 3RD GRADE TO THE SAFE PASSAGE SCHOOL WHICH CURRENTLY SERVES PRE-K THROUGH 2ND GRADE. (VO) "we're providing opportunities for youth and children in guatemala to have a safe environment, to have education so they can start small have education so they can start small businesses and get jobs so some day they don't leave." "poverty in guatemala is very extreme compared to the US, and these are children that we work with and really need help or else they won't get an education and they'll do whatever they can, whether it's immigrating or working locally as anyone would to help their family." DEB HAS COMPLETED SOLO KAYAK EXPEDITIONS ALL OVER THE WORLD, BUT THIS WILL BE THE LONGEST. MORE THAN 25 HUNDRED MILES. IT'S GOING TO TAKE ABOUT A YEAR... AND DIFFERENT GROUPS WILL JOIN HER ON DIFFERENT LEGS OF THE TRIP. GO TO W-M-T-W DOT COM TO FIND A LINK TO DEB'S PAGE AND FOLLOW ALONG WITH THE JOURNEY.