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COMMUNITY INTERFAITH EDUCATION & LITERACY OPPORTUNITY
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Happy 94th Birthday Nelson Mandela. Thank you so much for helping make this world a better place!
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May 2, 2012 (15 photos)
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June 21, 2012 CIELO SUMMER
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Catholic Charities San Antonio host World Refugee Day at Missions baseball game at Wolff Stadium. Burundi choir performs.
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June 21, 2012-WORLD REFUGEE DAY @ MISSIONS Ball Game (8 photos)
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Yesterday June 20 was World Refugee Day. Though at CIELO Gardens we like to provide a positive insight on life after resettlement, it is also important to be aware of the atrocities that many of our gardeners have faced when forced from their homes. Some refugees are fortunate enough to be resettled in countries such as the United States or Canada, these placements are much better than the conditions they would otherwise face in the camps. But if you were to ask some of our gardeners where they would prefer to be, their answer would simply be "home." The video footage posted here takes place in Homs, Syria, a city that is roughly the size of Austin, TX proper. Unfortunately, scenes like this take place all over the world, and it is up to us to do what we can to help the victims of such tragedy. Volunteer at your local resettlement agencies— Catholic Charities, Center for Refugee Services, Int'l Rescue Committee, Caritas. Start a program, include these people in your Arts Organizations or other community based engagements. Be a neighbor and help make resettlement a positive experience. #worldrefugeeday   #syria   #homs  
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IRC offices across the United States and around the world are marking World Refugee Day with a variety of events - many of which you're invited to! - throughout the month of June. 
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I want to ride my biiiiiiiiiicycle, biiiiiiiiicycle, biiiiiiiiicycle!
Some say the hardest part of learning how to ride a bike is the pavement. The second hardest may be convincing the world to reconsider this time-tested form of transportation as a new leap forward for environmental sustainability.

Find out how bicycling advocacy is shifting into high gear before Rio+20 in our new blog post: http://j.mp/KN7G46.
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A beautiful summer day in the garden. The sunflowers are living up to their name!
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June 8, 2012 Summer day in the garden
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We are excited to announce that CIELO Gardens was awarded a $5700 grant from +Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas to help with the development of our garden. We look forward to building our toolshed, putting up our rain harvesting cistern, and getting our compost bin up and running. 

Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas is a land conservancy trust that is working to conserve over 125,000 acres of land in the San Antonio vicinity and surrounding rural counties. Aside from promoting environmental preservation, Green Spaces Alliance also runs educational workshops for children and adults, and help fund community gardens through out the San Antonio vicinity. 

One of my favorite programs that Green Spaces Alliance offers is the Picture Your World Youth Photography Project. A nearly year long photography workshop program that teaches the art of nature photography.

#communitygardens   #Texas   #sanantonio   #environment   #green   #gardening  
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