Helping Colonia Modelo with Basic Supplies

A long line of people in need gladly waited to receive basic supplies in Colonia Modelo this week.

 Border Partners staff provided assistance in Colonia Modelo on Monday this week. A distribution of basic food supplies in 50 food baskets helped the community; we were happy to carry out that three hour operation. In addition to food, we also provided warm clothing, shoes and blankets that we’d received as donations. 

Colonia Modelo’s elementary school director, Profesor Manuel, identified families in need. With his help, each family received a voucher to present at the event.

Seven Border Partners staff members gave good reviews to the event organization and its execution. The program helped us to acquire some basic information from each of the families. In this way, we met some new recipients in the community who will benefit from future food basket events. Other Border Partners staffers remained in Palomas to continue regular programming.

Paso del Norte Community Foundation, gave us a $15,000 grant for food baskets. That money funded this distribution. These activities will run from January to July as a pandemic relief activity. 
Colonia Modelo lies 20 minutes from Palomas, which is directly on the US-Mexico border. Economic opportunity is dimmer in Colonia Modelo than in Palomas, which has municipality status. Basic resources like food, clean water and–more recently–electricity are not reliably present in Colonia Modelo. Many area families work in the agriculture sector; so, their wages are adequate to supply only the most basic needs. 

Clothing that was donated was distributed for those in need.

At Your Service! Border Partners staff executed the distribution operations and thought it went very well.

Supplies were well organized to speed the operation. Keeping people moving quickly through the process is important in these days as we deal with the pandemic.

Generous Donors Sponsor Distribution in Colonia Modelo

distribution in Colonia Modelo

Sixty families in Colonia Modelo received welcome supplies from a special food distribution sponsored by Border Partners’ donors and executed by Border Partners health workers.

On Sunday, July 19, several members of the Seventh Day Hispanic Adventist in Deming joined the Border Partners’ health workers. They traveled to Colonia Modelo, a small village 15 minutes east of Palomas. There, from 7 to 9:30 a.m., they distributed food, masks, hand sanitizer and health information to 60 families. Temperatures soared to more than 100 degrees, nevertheless, Border Partners personnel brought help from special donors to this more rural area of Chihuahua Mexico.

Sponsors Support Colonia Modelo

Generous support from donors fueled this distribution. So, we especially recognize the following sponsors:

  • Diaz beans, fresh fruit, sanitizing materials and other food from the distribution

    Members of the Seventh Day Hispanic Adventist Church donated food items for distribution.

  • Sam Diaz from Deming donated 3,000 pounds of dried pinto beans.
  • Dr. Twana Sparks, from Silver City, and several anonymous donors gave money to pay women in Palomas for making masks and to buy food.

In addition, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Silver City this week sent
200 surgical masks, 5 gallons of bleach, 30 disposable gowns and 200 small bottles of hand sanitizer for use in future distributions in Palomas and other local villages. These materials will help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. In this area with limited medical assistance, disease prevention is crucial.

Recent Situation in Chihuahua

High temperatures, little employment and, now, cases of COVID-19 are diagnosed in Palomas. With these difficult stressors, this summer has become an exceptionally difficult time for families in Chihuahua, Mexico. As a result, Border Partners is stepping in to help people cope with their challenging situations. For example, this special distribution in Colonia Modelo is one assistance in response to current needs.

distribution workers

Distribution workers in Colonia Modelo on July 19