[Featured image above: Families involved in the Project Compassion sponsored fish-raising business in Kolkatla, Nepal.]
LENT SUNDAY 4
“FOOD FOR LIFE” Project Compassion
Week 4: Sarita’s Story from Nepal
A fish from the farm
Sarita was struggling to grow enough food for her family on her tiny farm plot. In 2007, with the assistance of a program run by Caritas Nepal, she started a fish-raising business with 11 others. Now, they have a thriving enterprise and a life-long source of food and income.
Fishing on the ponds
“This program gave us skills and supported us to make something of ourselves.”
Mother-of-three Sarita attended school until the eighth grade, making her one of the most educated women in her village. Yet, like the majority of people in rural Nepal, her family was very poor. “With the produce from [our] land we did not meet our food security and basic needs,” Sarita explains.
Cooking in the family (outdoor) kitchen
In 2007, Sarita’s life changed. Caritas Nepal, supported by Caritas Australia, initiated the Kolkatla Fish Raising Group, an innovative, collaborative program that works for the common good of the wider community. Sarita and 11 other villagers were provided with the funding and training they needed to establish and run a business raising and selling fish.
Spreading fish feed in the ponds
“This program embraced the poorest of the poor like us, gave us skills and supported us with funds to invest and make something of ourselves,” says Sarita. Through hard work and dedication, the group has flourished. The farm produces around 8,000 kg of fish each year, which the group sells for a good price through local markets.
Sarita and family at home
With steady income from the Fish Raising Group, Sarita’s family has been able to feel secure. They’ve bought additional farming land, diversified their crops and now share a secure, sustainable source of healthy food for life. “The program has provided our family with good health and hope,” says Sarita. “And it has become a platform for the unity and growth of the community.”
Monitoring water levels
Testing scales for weighing fish
‘Whatever you did for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you did it for Me.’
Be generous to Project Compassion this Lent.
To access the link to a short YouTube presentation of Sarita’s story, click here.
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PARISH CONTACT DETAILS
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18th March 12.00 noon Community Kitchen – Presbyterian Hall $10 lunch. Helpers welcome. Hampers available…Held every 3rd Wednesday of each month.
19th March 2.00pm CWL Meeting in Hall.
19th March XAVIER HIGH SCHOOL
a) Information Day for students: 10am-2.30pm. Contact: 6040 6388 to register.
b) Information Evening & School Tours: 500pm-8.30pm. Come and meet our staff. Book at: http://www.xhsww.catholic.edu.au/info-ight
20th March: 6.30pm Stations of the Cross.
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Please let Nicole know if you are unavailable for Good Friday & Easter Masses. Thank you.
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Remember in Prayer
Kevin Lovell, Imelda Gauci, Vince Fitzgerald, John Lyons, Joan Sandral, Pauline Kerr, Cliff Broderick, John Hickey, Mark Fitzgibbon, Pat Kelly
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St Mary’s Court
2 bedroom unit for rent
Inquiries phone 60331564 or Parish 60331927
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A big ‘thank you’ to all who came to pray during the hours of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. … A solid witness to faith in the Eucharist.
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MASS INTENTIONS 14th – 21st March
Saturday 14th 6.30pmMass (Margaret & Anthony Smith, Dom Alissi)
Sunday 15th 4th Sunday in Lent
9.00am Mass (For all parishioners)
10.45am Mass at Coreen
9.00am Mass (Alan Whitty; Vin Fitzgerald)
Tuesday 17th Feast of St Patrick
9am Mass (Pat Loorham; Pat Potter)
9am Mass (Bob Mayfield; Marie Kaitler)
Thurs 19th Feast of St Joseph
12noon M (Pauline Kerr; CWL Members)
10.00am Anoint Mass – Hall (Sick & Disabled)
6.30pm Stations of the Cross in church
8.45 Rosary and Mass (Peter & Bernice Gale; George Morren)
No confessions 11.00am-12noon.
6.30pm Vigil (Connie Barber Gordon Bullock)
Sunday 22nd 5th Sunday in Lent
9.00am Mass (All parishioners)
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Sunday Mass Roster 21st – 22nd March
6.30pm J Clohessy B O’Donoghue
6.30pm G & E Kingston
9.00am A Campbell
6.30pm I & F Brooks
9.00am B Christy R Taylor
6.30pm M Clohessy M Skehan
9.00am Craig Sandral
6.30pm: Dylan and Tegan Forge
9.00am: Z Rippingale and Victoria Kruen
Collection M Drum
Counting: Laurie & Nancy Hughes
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CATHOLIC RADIO – FROM WOOLLONGONG
|This week on The Journey (Episode 83)|
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