🌍 Global Youth Service Day!!! Building an accessible garden bed for @impacthubphilly rooftopπŸ’›πŸŒ»πŸŒ± (at Impact Hub Philly)
Our first accessible garden bed design πŸ™Œ Making green spaces inclusive! WHG horticulture modalities - ready, set, GO! (at Life Do Grow @ 11th & York)

Portraits of Reconciliation
Two decades after the Rwandan genocide, a photographer has gone to Rwanda to document the work of a non-profit organization that councils perpetrators and victims.  If a victim forgives the perpetrator, the perpetrator typically brings a basket of offerings and the accord is sealed with a song and dance.
This is the caption that goes with the above photo:
Dominique Ndahimana Perpetrator (left)
Cansilde Munganyinka Survivor
NDAHIMANA: “The day I thought of asking pardon, I felt unburdened and relieved. I had lost my humanity because of the crime I committed, but now I am like any human being.”
MUNGANYINKA: “After I was chased from my village and Dominique and others looted it, I became homeless and insane. Later, when he asked my pardon, I said: ‘I have nothing to feed my children. Are you going to help raise my children? Are you going to build a house for them?’ The next week, Dominique came with some survivors and former prisoners who perpetrated genocide. There were more than 50 of them, and they built my family a house. Ever since then, I have started to feel better. I was like a dry stick; now I feel peaceful in my heart, and I share this peace with my neighbors.”
Read the rest of the story and see more photos at The New York Times Magazine.

Powerful article - my heart felt each word.
Forgiveness is a force.

“If I am not stubborn, life moves on.”
Peace lovelies! Please take a moment to vote for Philadelphia Urban Creators to win the Opal Youth Make A Difference grant! Thank you for your support πŸ’› http://opalapples.com/voting/life-do-grow.aspx 
 (at Life Do Grow @ 11th & York)
Ahh! Yes, birthday princess! Look at you πŸ’— I envision all of the big girl slumber parties & trips that you, @angelgirlprincess & I will take and my heart is full & I am overjoyed! I can’t wait to have my babies with me in the summers. Love you my little sunflower sprout 🌻 (at West Palm Beach, FL)

"Sometimes since I’ve been in the garden I’ve looked up through the trees at the sky and I have had a strange feeling of being happy as if something was pushing and drawing in my chest and making me breathe fast. Magic is always pushing and drawing and making things out of nothing. Everything is made out of magic, leaves and trees, flowers and birds, badgers and foxes and squirrels and people. So it must be all around us. In this garden—in all the places."~Frances Hodgson BurnettGarden Magic
8.5 x 11”
Happy Birthday Princess Macayle πŸ’› I can’t believe you’re 1 year already! You’re growing up so fast my little bundle of fortune. 🌞Auntie loves & misses you SO much! Can’t wait to see you again my little queen. 🌻Happy 1st Birthday!!!😘  (at West Palm Beach, FL)