2019 Review and What’s Next!

Dear Friends,

Border Partners had a productive 2019! Our new General Manager, Samantha Apodaca, completed her first year in the position and has expanded our programming with new funding opportunities. We are excited to share what we accomplished last year and what we have in store for the new year! 

What we accomplished in 2019!

  • Border Partners raised $10,196 at the 2019 Give Grandly Event! Thank you to all who donated on the Giving Day!
  • We were awarded our fifth year of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation’s HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Lifestyle) Grant!
  • We were also awarded Paso del Norte’s IGNITE Grant! The funding will support a 6 week Youth Art Summer Program this summer. Taught by a local Palomas artist, children of all ages will produce multiple murals/ art installations in the community.
  • We have expanded our school nutrition lunch program to TWO schools! Now, over 200 students are fed healthy foods every day.
  • We started a NEW program, serving 15 Palomas seniors and disabled residents a daily, nutritious lunch. 
  • We hosted two Health Fairs! The first was paired with a Sports fair, where children and adults participated in soccer, basketball, and volleyball tournaments. The fairs also had free healthy burritos, health screenings, hair cuts, Zumba exercise classes, art projects, and youth activities.
  • The Border Partners Annual Summer School was a success! Over 80 Palomas youth attended Art, Physical Activity, Reading, Health, Gardening, Crafts, and English classes in our Education Center.
  • In order to expand health programming, our Promotoras are now traveling to the surrounding towns and villages to train locals in health and gardening.  
  • The Promotoras are continuing their health outreach in schools by teaching workshops about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Twice a month, our Promotoras host local seniors at the community comedor to share healthy meals and fun activities.
  • Our hardworking staff has built 10 more greenhouses for Palomas families and schools!

Help Border Partners continue

We are upon our 12th year of helping those in need. Your support is invaluable to our organization and the people of Palomas. Please help to continue Border Partners’ efforts by spreading the word about our mission and/or sending a donation of any amount. Your gift will have a direct and meaningful impact on many people’s lives.

NOTE: our mailing address has changed to PO Box 1435 Deming, NM 88031 or donate online.


Palomas Teens Embark on School Mural Project


Palomas High School students (L) receive directions and materials from the Border Partners team leaders (R) as they begin the new mural project.

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Mural project leaders confer to begin working with Palomas teen artists.

The Palomas High School Mural Project is a go! With help from local artist Dagoberto


Local muralist Dagoberto Rodriguez Carrasco helps the students envision their mural possibilities

Rodriguez Carrasco and our very own Promotora, Gricelda Loya, these students are going to paint a series of murals in their school. Each muralist-to-be received their first sketchbook and are currently taking drawing classes to gear up for their first mural.

For updates on this project visit our website or check our Facebook , Instagram, and follow #BorderPartners.

We’re proud participants of Give Grandly!, the community’s annual giving event! Learn about the exciting events taking place on May 11 at givegrandly.org. Visit our donation page at https://givegrandly.civicore.com/borderpartners beginning May 4 to schedule a donation to appear on May 11! A generous supporter has promised to double all the funds that we receive on May 4. Your contribution will mean so much to us. Thanks for your help.

Promotoras Gift Garden Veggies to Older Residents of Palomas


Promotora Gloria Aguilar (L) and Viky Ibarra (R) delighted Palomas elders with garden grown vegetables and a home visit.

Promotoras Gloria Aguilar and Viky Ibarra cut, washed, and hand delivered fresh BP garden-grown vegetables to seniors in the Palomas community.

deliveryEllos al vernos que llegamos a visitarlos estuvieron felices. Muy contentas nos recibieron e incluso nos dicen que volvamos a cortar vegetales y llevarles. Ellas estan muy agradecidas por la visita de nosotras.// When they saw us arrive to visit them, they were happy. They were very happy–and they even told us to cut more vegetables and come back again. They are very grateful for our visit,” said Viky.

To help support projects such as this tell your friends and family about this year’s Give Grandly event at the Silver City Farmer’s Market on May 11!  Visit givegrandly.org or more information and https://givegrandly.civicore.com/borderpartners to donate, beginning May 4. One generous Border Partners supporter has promised to double every contribution we receive that day! Find out more HERE on our website. Your donation on May 11 will mean so much to us. Thanks for your ongoing support!

For updates on this project and others, continue to visit our website or check our Facebook page, Instagram, and follow #BorderPartners.

Old Tires Get New Life in Kids’ Play Structure


Peter Edmunds smiles: the colorful project turned out very well.

Border Partners Founder, Peter Edmunds, hatched the idea to create long lasting, sturdy, play structures from recycled tires. With help from the creative and hardworking Marisol, they painted the tires and secured them, producing the colorful structures. This play equipment has been installed in a small fenced-in playground adjacent to the Border Partners Sports Center. Peter hopes to build more of these playgrounds around Palomas before his summer return to Minnesota.


For updates on this project check back here on our website or check our Facebook, Instagram, and follow #BorderPartners.

SAVE THE DATE: Give Grandly is Saturday May 11! We’re excited to be part of this day of giving and hope you’ll join us at the Silver City Farmers’ Market or online at https://givegrandly.civicore.com/borderpartners

“Throw away tires becoming a beautiful spaceship for a Palomas kids’ playground!” -Peter Edmunds

tires for transport

Peter Edmunds loads colorful tires on to the truck for transport to Palomas where they’ll become components for a children’s playground structure.

tires painted

Marisol (R) and her brother George review the brightly painted tires ready to become a children’s play structure.

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

healthy exercise

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!

Descarga el folleto aquí

Health fair flier 2019






















espanol health fair 2019

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 local nonprofits during the 24-hour online giving challenge! Border Partners’ participation makes it easy for you to help others.

How to Give Grandly!

*Supporters may donate to Border Partners at givegrandly.civicore.com/borderpartners. Visit that page between May 4-11 to make a donation. Beginning May 4 you’ll be able to schedule donations to be given on May 11. Remember, only donations scheduled for or given on Give Grandly, May 11th, will count toward meeting the $250 fundraising match we’ll earn for contributions made on May 11. So make your donation go farther by donating either on May 11 or by advance-scheduling your donation to appear on May 11.

Your Contribution Will Double

We’re excited to announce that a generous supporter has promised to match our entire Give Grandly! amount! This will double every contribution we receive through Give Grandly! 

Give Grandly!–Live

You can also join us in person at the live Give Grandly! event. It  will coincide with the opening day of the Farmers’ Market and be located next to their space in Silver City, NM. We’ll meet you at our booth. We can accept donations and fill you in on our good work and how you might volunteer. We’ll be at the Farmers Market off Bullard, between 7th and 8th Street from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

We’re also participating in Give Grandly! in Deming at the Copper Kettle Coffee Co. from 9:30 AM-2:30 PM. More info on the poster below:

Give Grandly 2019 Deming


Promotoras Sponsor Sports Day March 30, Open New Preschool Playground

VIVA LOS DEPORTES! Long live sports in Palomas!


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

puppet show stage

Puppet shows are more fun on a real stage.

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!