The Archdiocese of Concepcion in Chile has begun construction on a greenhouse to grow vegetables, a new project which will contribute to the inclusion of young people with Down syndrome in the workforce.  This initiative builds on an August 2014 initiative, where young people with Down syndrome provide personalized service for clients from businesses and institutions.

As reported by CNA, Fr. Pedro Gomez, activity coordinator and the vicar general of the archdiocese remarked that “The project will at first bring in a small group of young people, which will be increased over time. The idea is that this project, with this model, can be imitated in schools and parishes. In the future, the greenhouse will create a seed bank and recycling networks. The initiative takes its direction from the encyclical Laudato Si’ which has a lot to do with the care of our common home and its connection to social issues.”