Battling Disease on the Frontlines: In our Border Community

Gardening coordinator Juana Lazoya stands atop a compost pile indicating the span of soil created to enrich the home gardens carved from the desert sands of Puerto Palomas.

Gardening coordinator Juana Lazoya stands atop a compost pile indicating the span of soil created to enrich the home gardens carved from the desert sands of Puerto Palomas.

A recent opinion piece in the Deming (NM) newspaper, the Headlight, highlights the severe health needs that affect our border community as well as all of Latin America.

from the Deming Headlight: Writing last week in The Guardian, Ramon Vera Herrera blamed free trade for the obesity and Type 2 diabetes epidemic ravaging Mexico, Central and South America.

“Today, many countries in the global South are seeing an explosion of these afflictions — all because their governments welcomed in transnational food companies looking for new ‘growth markets’ for poor quality, heavily processed or just plain junk food,” Vera Herrera wrote.

Vera Herrera said that the North American Free Trade Agreement, signed by President Clinton in 1993, destabilized Mexico’s food system — in terms of loss of economic stability, the undercutting of local food producers’ profits and, in many cases, the gobbling up of land by huge agricultural companies.

These are major reasons for Latin Americans’ skyrocketing incidences of malnutrition, obesity and associated diseases, he says.

Continue reading the opinion piece on the Deming Headline website.

Health promoter checks weight at a health fair. Knowledge is the first step in fighting disease.

Health promoter checks weight at a health fair. Knowledge is the first step in fighting disease.

The supporting information in the Headline’s opinion piece– the statistics and stories– demonstrate exactly why the people in Puerto Palomas are so interested in having Border Partners’ assistance. We help them build home gardens and establish other infrastructures, such as greenhouses and composting sites. With this support it’s possible for them to grow their own food. This helps their families avoid the health problems of malnutrition, obesity, hypertension and other associated diseases.

In addition, our water filter makes it possible for schools and families to have safe drinking water in their kitchens. The Mexican government provides only two sites where people can pick up clean water to haul back to their homes, common building and work sites. And, they must pay one peso per liter for that clean water.

Your support makes our assistance possible. Thanks for preventing diseases and supporting healthy water.

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