Summer heat hasn’t slowed our activity to improve the quality of life in Palomas. Intensive activity continues to makes changes in many departments recently.
Garden program growth
The Border Partner gardening staff
- built a second greenhouse at the Ramon Espinoza Elementary School and
- planted an outdoor summer garden between the community greenhouses.
In addition, they tended to their regular duties of weeding, planting, watering and picking veggies. These nutrient-rich crops feed food insecure residents of the border.
Promotoras promoting health
- weighed and measured the 115 children who attend Ford Elementary School,
- distributed donated eyeglasses,
- attended a workshop to learn how to teach women habits that promote a healthy pregnancy,
- delivered 25 personal hygiene baskets to older fathers in the community,
- presented a class on nutrition to 23 fourth grade students at the Ramon Espinoza Elementary School,
- checked blood pressure and glucose levels of 34 adults,
- arranged for a presentation to ten new mothers about the importance of breastfeeding babies,
- administered 19 COVID tests,
- prepared and delivered 704 hot meals to isolated seniors,
- conducted 22 Zumba classes and
- repaired six bicycles in preparation for their monthly community Bike Ride which was attended by 38 children and 6 adults.
The Education Center received 84 visits in the last month. The majority of users are children ages 9-15.
WHAT’S COMING UP?
During the first week of August, the Promotoras will once again organize our ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL for elementary kids. This event which we began in 2012 did not happen during COVID. We are so happy to once again be able to offer the kids in the community fun activities and a healthy lunch during their vacation from school. This enrichment is vitally important this year to children whose lives and educations were seriously interrupted by the pandemic.