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Religious Youth Service

RYS-England Creats a Peace Garden from an Abandoned Lot

Participants: 24 Nations: National Project

Southall, England

Background: RYS alumni, Marshal D' Souza sought to create a local model which could attract support form campuses and religious organizations in the growing diverse nation of England.

Urban centers often have run down areas that seem to be a basis for further decay. When an urban area gets a face lift it not only changes the physical environment but it uplifts the mental and spiritual outlook of people in the community. The RYS wanted to work closely with an urban community to create something that would promote its ideals of religious cooperation and peaceful living. As a result a Peace Garden was created out of an abandon rubbish filled lot. This has become a symbol of transformation for the local community.

Duration: June 22 - July 3, 1991

Work: Removing garbage, digging and landscaping, and some light construction.

Staff

Project Director: Mr. Marshall D' Sousa 
Education Director: Mrs. Nancy Yamamoto

Advisors: Mr. Gary Young, Dr. Francis Clark

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