Editor,

Hi, my name is Veronica and I am a current student at Texas A&M University in Kingsville working toward a bachelor degree in social work. As an up and coming social worker, it is my duty to be informed on helping individuals, families, groups and communities to enhance their individual and collective well-being. While working on an assignment about the colonias here in Texas, a video was presented to me for this assignment and I was disgusted on the conditions that these people are living in with no help from their counties or city. What I learned is that there is half a million people that live in colonias, over 400,000 of those live here on the Texas border.

Some people have no idea what these colonias are. I didn’t, but when I researched the colonias it was heartbreaking to see the way these people are living. Most have no running water or even electricity. When the residents bought this cheap land they were promised that all these services would soon follow. To this day there are still some that do not have these services.

These are some of the complications that these people have to face on a day to day basis:

• Health Concerns (higher risk on developing diabetes)

• Lack of healthy food access

• Lack of health care services

• Some have no clean running water

• Some have no electricity

• Flooding in many areas of these residents’ homes that keeps them trapped in or out. 

These are only a few of the complications that these residents face every day and you are empowered with the capacity and privilege to make a difference. I urge you to take the necessary steps to help these residents that live in these colonias, so that they can finally live a normal life without having to worry about if the water is clean or if they will ever have electricity in their home. If we can educate one person about the conditions that these people are living in that’s a start. I encourage you or anyone else to research the colonias and see what they go through every day.

Thank you for your time. I hope that I can count on you for your support. I look forward to hearing back from you in the coming weeks.

Sincerely,

Veronica Almaguer

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