Opening and Dedication of Palomas Education Center to be October 18

Education Center

Education Center addition (right) at Palomas Municipal Library.

After years of fundraising and planning, construction and setting up equipment, Border Partners is ready to invite the public to come to the new Education Center of Pto. Palomas!  We hope you will join us for a Celebration and Dedication of the Center on Saturday, October 18!

This Center was made possible by the hard work of many dedicated individuals, groups and foundations!  It is the realization of a dream for many people who live in Pto. Palomas and will stand as a true monument to international friendship and committment.  We are confident that it will serve, for years to come, as a place where people of all ages can come to learn, to advance their education, acquire skills and to communicate with family and friends.

Activities of the day

The event will include an official opening of the Center at 1:30 pm, tours and demonstrations of the Center’s technology equipment, music and refreshments!  In addition, the Palomas Promotoras will hold a Health Fair. Visitors can also view demonstrations of other Border Partners’ projects and tour our large demonstration garden on site.

The Center is located two blocks south of the Pemex gas station [located south on the main street of Palomas] and four blocks west. It is adjacent to the Public Library.

We’re providing free Rides between the Education Center & The Pink Store for this event. Rides will leave The Pink Store every hour at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 and leave the Education Center on the hour from 2-5 PM.

Sponsors and Supporters

The Education Center was produced by donations, hard work and dedication of the following major contributors. 

The Akerson Family Foundation, Albuquerque, NMinvitation

The Rotary Club of Silver City, NM

The Rotary International Foundation

The Town of Pto. Palomas de Villa under the administrations of both

Pres. Miguel Chacon and Pres. Estanislado Sanchez

The Nason Family Foundation

The Rotary Club of Torreon, Coahuila

The Rotary Club of Ramos Arizpe, A.C.

Paul Allen and Billie Greenwood

Suzanne Baraff

Dominick and Sherry Bassi

Sheila Bjeletich

Barrett and Sebert Brewer

Elizabeth and Ted Burr

William Charland and Phoebe Lawrence

Suzanne Dulle

Peter Edmunds and Polly Thomson Edmunds

Martha Egan

Karl and Barbara Giese

Marisol Guillen

Victor and Yolanda Hesch

Caroline Hughes

Kristine Laverty

Dee Ann McIntyre

Helena Day Myers

Richard and Christine Ouren

Thomas Perley

Juan Rascon

Dagoberto Rodriguez

Marcia and John Rounsaville

Juan Velasco

We are very grateful to everyone!



Unveiled: Puerto Palomas’ new Community Education Center

Puerto Palomas learning center

The new community learning center stands tall and strong, firmly attached to the Puerto Palomas public library.

We proudly unveil the exterior of the new Community Education Center which is attached to the public library in Palomas. This building is a model in alternative building, as its blocks were created in town this summer using papercrete, a building material with greatly enhanced insulation factors. The three barrel arches made of ferro cement and insulated with papercrete panels now stand tall and firmly attached to the Palomas public library.

The room awaits the equipment that will outfit it to educate. For now, we plan to begin to offer face to face traditional classes beginning in January.  We’re also working on proposals to equip the room with electronic equipment for other kinds of learning and activities.

Now the exterior of the building is being transformed into a showpiece of public art. With the greatest of luck, we connected with a Mexican muralist who is lending his significant talent to this project. It is a fresco, of sorts, in cement! Note the inclusive character of the subjects: Indigenous and differently-abled are all welcome to come and learn here. The mural is a real celebration of learning and the world it breaks open to the learner.

Mexican muralist at work

Mexican muralist is transforming the exterior of the new learning center into a statement on the power of learning.