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For years, soil erosion — caused by loss of forest cover on Central Java’s mountain slopes — has been flushing fertile top-soil down to river basins and coastal lagoons, destroying the livelihoods of fishermen. Today, Fr Charlie Burrows is busy turning disaster into opportunity for the fishermen of Segara Anakan lagoon who have seen their lagoon fill up with mud and silt.
Using a dual purpose pump and piping system, trained operatives pump fertile mud on to the lagoon’s silt fields in the wet season, and water in the dry season to create high yield paddy fields capable of producing two rice harvests per year. Fishermen are becoming rice growers on the same areas they once fished.
The project costs €55,660. Thanks to grants of €20,000 from Misean Cara, €5,000 from a charity in Aberdeen and €10,000 from your generous donations to Oblate Missions, this important project is now ready to proceed.