On Sunday, April 6th, we once again celebrated the work of community organizations and especially highlight efforts by female community partners here on the border. The event held at the Good Shepherd UCC in Sahuarita featured music by Pablo Peregrina and Mariachi Alegre, an auction with fabulous prizes from the Borderlands, and a delicious meal prepared by the Promotoras from Derechos Humanos.
As for the recipients of the 2014 Women on the Border awards, we honored Maria del Carmen Cuevas Cisneros from Nogales, Sonora and Linda Knox from Douglas, AZ.
Read more about our honorees and their work below, and take a look at more photos of the event here: Women on the Border 2014
Also, check out Tucson TV station KOLD coverage of the event here!
Maria del Carmen Cuevas Cisneros (Calita) (pictured right) is a generous, hardworking woman, committed to serving the people of Nogales, Sonora. She is married and mother of eight children. Calita has been serving food to migrants since 2007 and has opened the doors of her home to host migrant women who could no longer stay at a shelter. For more than 30 years, Calita has worked with her brother at the Juan Bosco Shelter for migrants.
Linda Knox (pictured left) has served at the Migrant Resource Center in Agua Prieta and been active in the life of Frontera de Cristo and its partner organizations. Together with her husband, she opened up "Shalom House," a temporary shelter and hospitality house for needy families in Douglas. Linda and Jack walk to the border wall every morning for devotions and reflection, often inviting others to join them in embracing a faith and life that is not controlled by the borders and barriers placed between us.
We are pleased to have the leadership of Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar as honorary chairpersons of the 2014 Benefit Committee. Mark and Miriam are Presbyterian Mission Co-workers serving with Frontera de Cristo.
BorderLinks is thankful to have been a part of such a wonderful community for the past 25 years and looks forward to the years ahead.
For information on past events, see below:
Women on the Border 2013 - Celebrating 25 Years of Work in the Community
Women on the Border 2012
Women on the Border 2011
Women on the Border 2010
Women on the Border 2009
North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Arizona State University, Lake Forest, SOA Watch, Whitman College, Unitarian Universalist Association, Duke University (Duke Engage), Portland Jesuit High School, University of Denver, Social Action Summer Institute, St. Andrews UMC, Mennonite Church USA, Murray Hills Christian Church, Los Feliz UMC
To see the complete list of our delegations, click here.