Story posted March 06, 2007
After being exposed to the depths of poverty experienced by those living in the Guatemala City Dump, Hanley Denning '92 committed her life to helping children break out of the cycle of poverty through education. Her tireless efforts in this regard and her founding of Safe Passage, the organization through which she was able to implement her vision of providing holistic support to impoverished children and their families, have served as inspiration for all who knew her work.
Tragically, Denning was killed in Guatemala City January 18, 2007. Whether we knew her well or not, her example of selfless commitment to the common good is one that inspires us to seek ways in which to address the intractable problems of society by realizing, as she did, that, "We have work to do."
We invite you to share your reflections, stories, poems and pictures of Hanley Denning, her work, and Guatemala, as a form of celebrating her life and establishing a communal commitment to her vision of making a difference in the world. Visit the "Celebration of Life — Hanley Denning '92" page on the Bowdoin Web site at www.bowdoin.edu/communityservice/hanley/ to post a story, memory, poem, or photograph. Reflections will be published online within 24 hours of posting.