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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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Catholic Charities San Antonio host World Refugee Day at Missions baseball game at Wolff Stadium. Burundi choir performs.
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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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A beautiful summer day in the garden. The sunflowers are living up to their name!
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initial dig back in february! 
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we endured the summer well! 
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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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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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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.

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Home; About Green Spaces Alliance. What We Do · Why We're Here · Frequently Asked Questions · Staff · Board of Directors · Community Partners · Job Opportunities. Land Conservation. Conservation E...
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These were taken back in February when CIELO first broke ground. No more jackets and stocking caps now.
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C.I.E.L.O. GARDENS @ HOUSE of PRAYER 10226 IRONSIDE DR SAN ANTONIO, TX 78230
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C.I.E.L.O. Gardens is a joint project between Catholic Charities, Northside ISD Adult Education, and House of Prayer Lutheran Church with support from University of Incarnate Word’s Interfaith Council, City Year San Antonio, Green Spaces Alliance South Texas and others to provide gardening opportunities for recently resettled refugees. The mission of this garden is founded upon five core principles: Community, Interfaith interaction, Education, Literacy, and Opportunity.

With the establishment of these gardens, it is our hope that members of the refugee community will build social bonds outside their cultural groups and become active participants within their neighborhood. House of Prayer Lutheran Church has graciously allowed for the C.I.E.L.O. Gardens to be hosted on their site. This location is fundamental to the success of the garden as it is in a high traffic area near an H.E.B. as well as bordered by a busy stretch of Wurzbach Road. The site of the garden, visible from the road, will guarantee community interest and participation, and C.I.E.L.O. Gardens looks forward to those community interactions.

In 2011, the President of the United States announced an Interfaith Community Service Challenge to all college and university students across the country; the spirit of that challenge is one of the core principles of the C.I.E.L.O. Gardens. San Antonio’s refugee community consists of many varying cultural make-ups that represent many religious beliefs. Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Animists, Humanists, and others are working together to establish a sense of place where they can all gather together and share their love of gardening.

Education and Literacy are two of the main components behind the mission of C.I.E.L.O Gardens. Since the site provided by House of Prayer Lutheran Church is also the same location where Northside ISD and Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Services teach ESL, job readiness and self sufficiency courses, as well as provide for other refugee resettlement services, the garden will provide opportunities for educators to incorporate the garden as a learning lab for their classes. Everything from learning garden/outdoor related vocabulary, to workshops on nutrition, environmental sustainability, as well as learning learning skills that could lead to workplace familiarity.   

 
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