Ups and Downs in Palomas: October 2021

by Polly Thomson Edmunds
Co-Founder of Border Partners


Border Partners focuses on improving lives in Puerto Palomas and its border area.

I visited Palomas yesterday for the first time in months. It was such a pleasure to be back! The staff impressed me because they seemed very well-organized and friendly. I saw the new Border Partners office for the first time. It’s centrally located and boasts great space for all the work that’s accomplished there.

During the morning, the staff gave out boxes of food to 100 families whom school personnel suggested as in need of food. I was very proud to be part of Border Partners!

Viki Ibara & son

But, at the same time, I wished that we could have included more food in the boxes. There were no fresh vegetables this time because the gardens had none ready to pick and there’s not enough money to purchase them in Palomas. Each box contained:

  • dry beans,
  • two packages of a rice mix fortified with dried soy,
  • potatoes,
  • dried milk,
  • eggs,
  • white flour,
  • two packages of ramen noodles,
  • a roll of toilet paper and
  • some bleach.

Fortunately, now’s the time to plant in our Palomas gardens. The summer weather has cooled. Beginning now and continuing through the winter is an excellent growing season for cool weather crops like spinach, carrots, broccoli and chard.

Reconnecting: Engaged Co-Workers

Promotora Maria prepared the daily meal for 25 shut in elderly Palomas residents.

I was very happy to see my old friend, Viky Ibarra, and to meet her son, Manuel. Viky was one of our first promotoras. She continues her work now as the coordinator of the group. She’s excited about all she is learning in her new role. When you ask her what she likes best, she responds: “Being able to help my community!”

Viky toured me through the office where the promotoras check blood pressure and glucose levels several times a week.

Throughout the morning, Maria, one of the new promotoras, was cooking the daily meal for 25 seniors in the kitchen at the area of the room. She made chicken flautas, potatoes and a salad with lettuce, tomatoes and avocado. It made a beautiful plate!

Ricardo came by to introduce himself to the Border Partners’ staff. He’s the new principal of the Ramon Espinoza Primary School and is hoping that Border Partners can help with some food for their students. I learned that vaccines are now available to children 12-17 in Palomas.

I went home exhilarated by the energy of our staff to keep all the programs they provide going!

4 thoughts on “Ups and Downs in Palomas: October 2021”

  1. Polly..without you and Peter, Border Partners would not be serving the people of Las Palomas so generously. Thank you and welcome back my friend.

  2. Polly, you and Peter have been getting into so many kinds of Good Trouble since I met you more than 40 years ago! Thrash on!

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