Provide 1,000 colonia families a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a lid that includes:
1 Gallon of bleach
32oz of Isopropyl Alcohol based hand sanitizer
32oz of liquid hand soap
32oz of dishwashing liquid
A pair of cleaning glover
A roll of cleaning paper towels
Approximately 400,000 Texans live in colonias. Overall, the colonia population is predominately Hispanic; 64.4 percent of all colonia residents and 85 percent of those residents under 18 were born in the United States. There are more than 2,294 Texas colonias, located primarily along the state's 1,248-mile border with Mexico.
The colonias' growth has challenged residents, as well as county, state and federal governments, and others, to seek ways to provide basic water and sewer services and to improve the quality of life in the colonias. Local public funds and other resources are often limited and unable to provide service to the current and growing colonia population. Hidalgo County, which has the most colonias and the largest number of colonia residents in Texas, is typical of many border counties. For basic health and human services, environmental services and capital improvements, colonia residents must rely on an often confusing combination of local, state and federal programs, many of which come and go, depending on the political and economic climate.