It’s been one year since the COVID-19 pandemic began. In Palomas, as in many other places, we are still responding to the extraordinary needs created by this lethal virus. As in most other parts of the world, masks and social distancing have become part of our normal routine. We are very grateful for support from many partners as we continue to help with these needs.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Paso del Norte Community Foundation, we have additional money now to provide more food baskets to Palomas. In addition, we can serve three other smaller towns in the area twice each month through June. Diaz Farms, in Deming, NM, has donated 4,000 pounds of beans to the effort. Southern Baptist Church in El Paso, TX has contributed food, as well.
Colonia Victoria Distribution
Early in this month of March, we distributed food baskets to 50 families in Colonia Victoria along with 100 facemasks, clothing, shoes, jackets and warm clothing.
International Women’s Day
In honor of International Women’s Day, on March 8, the Border Partners’ promotoras honored 25 senior women from the community. They selected women who help and inspire them to receive a special gift basket. Melissa Reyes, our General Manager says: “It was a great treat, and they were all so thankful.”
CHANCES Program Training for Promotoras
On March 2nd and 4th, Mary Mackey (Health Educator/City of Deming Administrative Secretary) presented a training on the CHANCES program for the promotoras. As a result, they are now prepared to offer workshops for women in Palomas about the dangers of using drugs during pregnancy.