Border Partners’ 12th Semi-Annual Health Fair – 12a Feria de salud semestral de Border Partners

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The 12th annual Health Fair is a celebration of good health in Palomas.

Free haircuts

Join us Friday April 26th, from 10am to 4pm, at the main plaza in Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, Mexico!
There will be FREE diabetes, hypertension and HIV detection, children and adult vaccinations, anti-rabies vaccinations, oral health screenings, renewal of insurance, healthy burritos, cardiovascular exercises (ZUMBA), activities for children, family planning counseling, advice on nutrition (NUTRIOLOGO), addiction counseling (CAPA – Addiction Care Center), eyesight testing, gardening tips, and haircuts! ALL FOR FREE!

Download flier in English HERE

displays and consultations

Displays and consultations

¡Únase a nosotros el viernes 26 de abril, de 10am a 4pm, en la plaza principal de Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, México!
Habra GRATIS detecciones de diabetes, hipertensión y VIH, para niños y adulto vacunación y antirrábica, detecciones de salud bucal, Afiliación Y renovación del SEGURO POPULAR, Demostración del burrito saludable, Ejercicios cardiovascular (ZUMBA), Actividades para niños (JUEGOS), Asesoría de planificación familiar, Asesoría en nutrición (NUTRIOLOGO, Asesoría en adicciones, (CAPA – Centro de Atención para Adicciones), Detecciones de la vista, Jardinería, Concurso para niños de talento, y Corte de cabello, TODO GRATIS!

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Give Grandly on May 11 to Help the Border!

Give Grandly 2019

Join us on May 11, 2019 for Give Grandly: 24 hours of giving to make our Southwestern border region stronger and create a thriving community for all. Give Grandly brings the region together as one community: raising money and awareness for our local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving challenge!

*Supporters may donate to Border Partners at any time at givegrandly.civicore.com/borderpartners but you won’t be able to schedule donations for Give Grandly until May 4 — only donations scheduled for or given on Give Grandly, May 11th, will count toward meeting the fundraising match.

Give Grandly 2019 Deming

 

Promotoras Sponsor Sports Day March 30, Open New Preschool Playground

VIVA LOS DEPORTES! Long live sports in Palomas!

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Boys and girls’ teams engaged in lively competition at the sports day tournament.

On Saturday, March 30, the Border Partners Promotoras organized a day of soccer and volleyball games–Sports Day. At the same time, they opened a new children’s playground at the Border Partners’ Sports Center. Teams of boys and girls attended Sports Day, coming from various schools in Palomas and also from the high school in La Victoria, a small town south of Palomas. More than 100 children and adults enjoyed the competition. Music, healthy burritos with lots of veggies, and rides on an amazing swing added additional highlights to the event.

Gricelda Loya, President of the Promotoras, opened the event by saying that they had two objectives in mind as they planned the day.
Their first objective was to help youth reap the benefits of physical activity. This is a long-held value of the Promotoras. Secondly, Loya announced a tournament that the Promotoras will hold in May. They started to recruit teams for the tournament at the Sports Day event.

toddler climbing wall

Toddler Climbing Wall

The new children’s playground was built by local workers under the direction of Peter Edmunds. It’s designed to include activities especially meant for very young children, allowing them to play safely while their parents watch games at the Center. The new playground includes: a miniature climbing wall, a tunnel, a tire structure for climbing and a puppet stage.

People of all ages benefit from healthy exercise!

Enjoy these photos that document the joy and activity of the day, Sports Day March 30 in Palomas! Click any photo to see it in full size.

Border Partners Celebrates 20th Cabalgata Binacional Villista in Palomas

Pancho Villa

The 20th Annual Cabalgata commemorates the memory of Pancho Villa and strengthens border unity.

Earlier in March, Palomas and Columbus celebrated the 20th Cabalgata Binacional Villista. Border Partners received a letter from the Presidencia of Palomas which invited Juan Rascon and Samantha Apodaca to join their festivities and explained the tradition as:

“el evento de la Cabalgata Binacional Villista es ya un evento tradicional en el que se conmemora el ataque del general Francisco Villa al poblado de Columbus, y que hoy en dia se convierte en un evento mediante el cual se estrechan los lazos de hermandad entre los municipios participantes, incluidia la poblacion fronteriza norteamericana del estado de Nuevo Mexico.”

“The event of the Binational Villista Parade is a traditional event commemorating General Francisco Villa’s attack on the town of Columbus, which today has become an event through which the bonds of brotherhood between the participating municipalities are strengthened, including the North American border population of the state of New Mexico.”

“I was truly honored to be a part of Mexico’s celebration, it is a memory that I will cherish, and I am very proud to be a part of an organization that is recognized and respected by the Palomas community.” ~Samantha

Appreciation for Peter Edmunds, BP Founder and General Manager

Peter Edmunds

Peter Edmunds

Peter Edmunds has facilitated lifestyle improvements, education and social advances and often gotten his hands dirty working alongside Mexicans to build numerous structures in Palomas with Border Partners. We asked people who have worked with Peter over the years both in Mexico and the US to comment on his accomplishments and his legacy. These are some of their thoughts as Peter steps down as General Manager:

Peter, we still have so many projects you dream up to make life better for people in Palomas. The list you have accomplished is long. Your kindness, generosity and imagination have been a boost to this Mexico border village. We expect the addition of more Peter Edmunds’ ideas as you become a volunteer. Helena Myers, BP Co-Founder, Board of Directors

Border Partners will never be the same. You will be sorely missed.
I’m sure that many many people will feel the same. Paul Allen, Supporter & Volunteer

Peter Edmunds has been an inspiration to me, and he is respected and admired throughout the Palomas community.
Both he and BP have made a great difference in the lives of many people. Juan Rascon, BP Mexico Staff

Peter has been the driving force behind Border Partners. I have always appreciated his strong, positive rapport with the people of Palomas. His creative mind is inspirational.  Elizabeth Burr, BP Board of Directors

Enthusiasm and compassion fueled Peter’s work for and with the people of Palomas. So many times he overcame obstacles that would have defeated me. He never forgot to express his appreciation to Border Partners supporters. Billie Greenwood, BP Communications Volunteer

When we boil down the ills of the world–like walls that divide us–we know that what brings us together is community.  Peter has lead the charge, and now he’s helping to prop us up for success going forward.  He has contributed in a big way toward community in Palomas and cross-cultural community.  I never get tired of saying how proud I am to be association with Border Partners.  This is a poignant time and I don’t know if there will ever be a way to adequately express to Peter enough thanks for his humanity! Mary White, BP Board of Directors

I have been lucky enough to work alongside Peter for the past year.
I cherish the knowledge he has shared with me, through stories and ideas, and the memories we have created.
His innovation is commendable and his dedication to the Palomas people is admirable.
I am honored to have made a friend in Peter.  Samantha Apodaca, BP General Manager 2019

Why did I join the Board of Border Partners some five years ago? It is probably because I saw that there was “entrega” –a Spanish word meaning devotion.  I am not as old as Peter, but want to be like him now and when I am as old and wise as he. I want to feel his devotion. He once said “I have the best job in the world”.  He was really talking about how good it felt to help a community like Palomas. The gifts came in return: smiling faces, healthier children and seniors, a meaningful life for many in a hardscrabble place. He has touched so many with his simple acts of selflessness.  Paul Dulin, BP Board of Directors

I’ve known Peter for 6 years. He is a great person, and I am very grateful to him for giving me so many opportunities and let me be part of this great family that is Border Partners, I really like the work he does, it’s a great example that many of us should follow.
Thanks, Peter, for being like it is! Gricelda Loya, BP Mexico staff

These photos document some of Peter’s accomplishments through the years:

Thank you, Peter Edmunds! ¡Muchas gracias! 

We invite you to add your own note to Peter in the comments of this post!

 

Ten Years of Accomplishment in Palomas

Another publication lauded our 10th anniversary: the website Camino Real Media–a New Mexico Spanish language site–celebrated our accomplishments of the past ten years. Author Kara Naber has been closely associated with Border Partners during that time.

Translated roughly from the original Spanish, the article reads:

“Cities on the border between countries anywhere in the world are often difficult places to live and Puerto Palomas, Chihuahua, is no exception. Conditions for most residents are difficult, but in 2008, things were especially difficult. In that year, two residents of Deming, New Mexico, Polly and Peter Edmunds, saw their neighbors across the border struggling and wanted to help.

“We saw the need for people to have jobs in order to buy better food,” said Peter Edmunds. “As we spent more time at Palomas we met the people in the community. We realized how many health problems there were and the harsh situation in the schools. ”

The Edmunds started with two projects. Peter started directing workshops on the construction of solar cookers and how to use them. Polly started a sewing cooperative. With a few women and a handful of used sewing machines, they started making items to sell.

In 2010, Border Partners received official nonprofit status. With the help of local businesses, service organizations and volunteers on both sides of the border, the list of community improvements at Palomas has grown. The projects focus on the areas of education, health, economic development and sustainable technologies, all selected by the residents of Palomas.

“What I like most about Border Partners,” said Elizabeth Burr, a board member, is that they do not tell people what to do. They ask people what they want. ”

The salaried staff of Border Partners currently consists of six Promoters and a Community Coordinator. They work as a team to plan, organize and implement a wide variety of projects ranging from health fairs and community greenhouse gardens to zumba and nutrition classes. They also coordinate activities in the Sports and Educational Centers.

The Education Center, adjacent to the public library, was built by local youth who earned money while learning to develop skills. The Center now contains donated computers that are available for public use. Students use the Center to do their homework and volunteers from both sides of the border often offer computer and English classes. Edmunds estimates that they have provided around 300 computers for the public library and local schools, as well as for the Education Center.

The Sports Center opened its doors three years ago and is a place where people of all ages can play soccer, volleyball and basketball. Used bicycles are delivered to residents after they help repair them under the guidance of a local mechanic. A bicycle track gives children a place to have fun and races and summer attractions include the whole family. More than 200 local residents can now ride bicycles around the city while exercising and saving money. And hundreds of soccer balls and other sports equipment have been provided for the Sports Center and local schools.

While Border Partners has provided support over the past ten years, the ultimate goal was for the people of Palomas to work independently. For several years, the women of the sewing cooperative, now known as Palomas Oilcloth Designs, have been running the business on their own. They sell their products online and to provide income to their families.

The staff of Palomas is preparing for their next step towards independence. They have begun the process of establishing their own non-profit organization, a ‘Civil Association,’ and plan to continue the work that the Border Partners began to include other nearby cities.

When we asked Edmunds, if he could have imagined achieving so much ten years ago, he laughed and said: “No. We had no intention of doing all that, but you keep coming and you find a need and then you figure out how to do something about the need. Then you come back and there’s something else. ”

READ THIS ARTICLE IN THE ORIGINAL SPANISH HERE

Border Partners: Promoting change for 10 years

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Juan Rascon, Border Partners staffer, consults with a local health promoter at a health fair event that opens opportunities for local residents.

Border Partners marks its tenth anniversary this month by carrying on business as usual–quietly supporting positive progress on the U.S.-Mexico border. When negative publicity surrounds media treatment of the border, in some ways we’ve created an alternative, positive reality.

Engagement of US supporters, individual and corporate, has allowed the residents of Puerto Palomas to determine their path forward to a better life right where they are. Not only do the people of Palomas choose the path by determining the activities, they do most of the project implementation, as well.

The Deming Headlight marked our anniversary with an article reflecting this new reality that Border Partners has ushered in over the last ten years:

DEMING – Sometimes we see people in need but have no idea what to do. Ten years ago, Polly and Peter Edmunds of Deming saw their neighbors struggling across the border in Palomas, Mexico, and they stepped in to help. This month, Border Partners, the non-profit foundation they established in 2008, is marking its 10th anniversary.

Taking action was natural for the Edmunds. Originally from Minnesota, the couple had retired to Deming in 2005 after spending decades promoting civil rights and helping those less fortunate.

“We saw a need for people to have jobs so they could buy better food,” Peter Edmunds said, “As we spent more time in Palomas and got to know people in the community, we realized how many health problems there were and how stark the situation was in the schools.”

In 2010, Border Partners received 501(c)(3) non-profit status. Each year since then, a variety of projects selected by Palomas residents has been completed. The projects focus on the areas of education, health, economic development and sustainable technologies.

READ their article to learn MORE ABOUT WHAT’S HAPPENED AT THE DEMING HEADLIGHT

 

2018 Border Partners’ 10th Summer Working with the People of Palomas

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Juan Rason and Juana Flores (3rd and 4th from left, respectively) awarding Border School graduates.

In July, Border Partners staff were honored at the sixth grade graduation at the Ignacio Zaragoza School. This is the school where your donations have helped support school gardens growing nutritious vegetables and nutrition classes for students! Thanks to our HEAL grant, we have also been able to add new sports equipment to their gym. Our lead staff, Juan and Juana, were the guests of honor joining teachers and principals onstage.

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Student proudly displays his Summer School Completion recognition award.

Our annual summer school began soon after that with sports, manners, art and music classes for local students. Besides that our crew worked hard building more greenhouses and gardens, teaching zumba classes and organizing sports activities – including several soccer tournaments.

As for the fall, this is the fourth year of the Healthy Eating Active Living grant we receive from the Paso del Norte Foundation. In the next few months expect to see more gardens, greenhouses, health workshops and sports activities!

In addition to these blog posts, you can keep up with our activities by following our social media:

Instagram: @border_partners
Facebook: @BorderPartners
Twitter: @BorderPartners

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Border Partners joyfully accepted recognition from Ford Primary School in Palomas when the dedicated this year’s graduation ceremony to us.

Collaboration with Border Partners Provides 107 Bicycles for Palomas Community

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This is what 107 bicycles look like. But what you can’t see in this photo is the improvement they will make in the community of Palomas by creating options for healthy activity.

Border Partners was pleased to bring 107 bikes to Palomas this month, through the generous donation of The Bike Works, a community-supported nonprofit bike shop in Silver City, NM. The shipment duty and the supplies to repair and refurbish the bikes was funded by a HEAL (Healthy Eating and Active Living) grant we received from the Paso Del Norte Health Foundation.

Many of these bicycles are already in ride able condition. For the others that need repair and refurbishment, we’re starting a bike restoration program in partnership with the local high school in Palomas. The plan is that students there will restore two bikes. One restored bike will go out for the Border Partners community in Palomas and the other bike they repair they will keep for their own use.

Our Border Partners staff and their families are already excited about the addition of these bikes. Many Palomas youngsters who are already bikers have grown and are outgrowing their present bicycles. This influx of bicycles will supply them with new, bigger bikes so they can continue their biking enthusiasm. 

We currently have about 100 donated tires on hand. All the bikes need desert tubes and slime sealant, materials that the HEAL grant will fund.

12 New Greenhouses Improve Health, Nutrition in Palomas

12 New Greenhouses

Ramona (left), veteran gardener, and Juana (right), Border Partners garden coordinator, review winter veggies almost ready to harvest.

While people in the northern US are still shoveling snow this month, families in Palomas, Chihuahua, MX are harvesting fresh lettuce for their dinner salads. Only a few years ago, diabetes was epidemic there and fresh vegetables not available. In response to residents’ requests to help them improve health, Border Partners introduced raised-bed, covered gardens in 2009. Gardeners have raised healthy vegetables year-round in this small border outpost ever since.

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Nutrition-packed, leafy green vegetables thrive in greenhouses during the cool winter climate of the high desert.

But since last fall, thanks to grant funding from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, production is blossoming! Twelve experienced gardeners now have home greenhouses (12’ x 15’) where they can increase their production. This month they’re harvesting celery, spinach, chard, kale, beets, cilantro, radishes and broccoli–in addition to that lettuce. These are all crops that thrive in cool weather. Since temperatures in this high desert town often fall into the 20’s overnight in January and February, these crops grow very well.

Peter Edmunds, Border Partners’ general manager explains:

“Greenhouses are about control. Throughout the year, the extremes of summer heat and winter cold are controlled. Greenhouse gardening, if done right, lets the gardener use every square foot of space–all year.”

Greenhouse Construction

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Home gardeners worked together to help each other build the home greenhouses, using materials provided by a grant from Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Border Partners provided the materials for the greenhouses. But the gardeners constructed the greenhouses themselves, working together with our gardening staff. Each recipient agreed at the outset to contribute forty hours of labor to help build all the greenhouses. Twelve are now completed at family homes. These families not only eat the vegetables they grow themselves but generally they also share them with extended family and neighbors.

Two larger greenhouses will be built in March at elementary schools. Palomas school children will learn how to garden and will harvest vegetables to use for their own school lunch programs.

Next Priority: Rainwater Capture

In March, each gardener in the program will receive a rainwater catchment barrel and eave troughs to collect water from the roof of their home for watering the greenhouse. This promotes production since they’re gardening in the desert–where every drop of water is precious. And that highlights another advantage of greenhouse gardening: soil needs less water because it’s protected from direct sunlight.

Border Partners places strong emphasis on its gardening program because of the potential that better access to fresh vegetables has for making significant changes in community health.