Kayaking for kids

Associate Professor Emerita Deb Walters (faculty, 1983-2002, Department of Computer Science and Engineering) completed "Kayak for Safe Passage Kids," her 2,503 mile solo kayak tour from Maine to Guatemala, on February 10, 2016.

Walters and her kayak raised over $400,000 for Safe Passage, a charity working in Guatemala City since 1999, that brings hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families making their lives around the city’s garbage dump.

“They have such grit and determination to work for a better future for their children,” Walters says of the mothers she has talked to during her many trips to the country, “and they inspire me to demonstrate that with a little grit and perseverance, an ordinary person like me can do extraordinary things.”