Border Partners is celebrating nine years working with the people of Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico. They live just across the border wall from New Mexico. Happily, in this annual report 2017, we can say that by working together with many generous supporters in the United States, lives there have improved considerably since 2008!
Border Partners’ GOAL
Through the years, we haven’t wavered: We respond to the needs of the people in Palomas. When we share the resources they need to accomplish their goals, they can improve their own community. So we always:
- Support projects that empower Mexican people to learn new skills, take responsibility and assume leadership.
- Remember that “teaching a person to fish is better than giving them a fish.”
- Prepare for the day when Mexicans will take over all aspects of this work.
We’re very proud that we’ve made significant progress toward that last commitment!
A strong team of leaders in Palomas now take major responsibility for planning and executing projects.
Many local people are now convinced that it’s possible to improve life in their community. (This wasn’t true when we started!)
Thousands of adults and children in Palomas participate in Border Partners’ activities that promote health throughout the year.
And now, a very significant step: a group of Mexicans who work with Border Partners have applied for nonprofit tax status. With this designation, they’ll be able to raise money on their own in 2018.
What was NEW in 2017?
- Began teaching nutrition classes for students at all six schools in Palomas.
- Added lights to the Border Partners/Paso del Norte Sports Center–providing time for additional hours of play.
- Opened a second indoor public recreation facility to the public after school and on weekends. This one has a weight room.
- Built greenhouses at homes of six of the most successful gardeners.
- Began daily aerobics and weekly yoga classes for the community.
- Made significant progress on designing a low cost water filter for homes and schools to take out the excess lead, fluoride and arsenic in Palomas water.
- Began growing earthworms and produced 20 cubic yards of biochar for garden soil.
- Contributed equipment, furnishings and internet access to the new public high school.
PLUS, we continue the OTHER successful programs you’ve supported in the past:
Spring & Fall town health fairs ■ 6th Annual Summer School session
Computer classes at our Education Center ■ 60 home gardens
Monthly food supplements for school lunches ■ Free nutrition classes for families
Bicycle repair shop ■ Free monthly health screenings
Senior citizen programming ■ Classes about healthy sexuality for teens
This progress has been possible because Border Partners has a strong team of donors, foundations, volunteers, board members and – best of all – the empowered citizens of Palomas working together to transform Palomas!”