Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is the social arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka and is affiliated to Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations present in 200 countries and territories.

Our national centre is located in the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city. Our vision is radiated to the far corners of the island through 12 Diocesan Centres. Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is also the national secretariat of the National Catholic Commission for Justice Peace and Human Development.

Upcoming Events - January 2017

  • 10th January 2017 - Capacity Building Training on Disaster preparedness for Participants of "Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security" in Batticaloa DC.
  • 11th Jan - Training of Trainers (TOT) course on "Transitional Justice" and " LLRC Report, Recommendations and Developments" will be held at SEDEC auditorium for a group comprising nearly 50 Diocesan Peace Coordinators and Volunteers (in both Sinhala and Tamil languages).
  • 11th January 2017 - Capacity Building Training on Advocacy and Lobbying  for Participants of "Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security" in Batticaloa DC.
  • 18th, 19th & 20th January 2017 - Micro-Business planning workshop for deserving families in Kurunegala Diocese, under the project,  "With work towards a decent life-Support for Poor families in Sri Lanka,"

Last Updated (Thursday, 05 January 2017 10:36)


Caritas Sri Lanka gains START Network Membership

START is a network of international NGOs based in England, which granted its prestigious membership to Caritas Sri Lanka (CSL) recently and added the logo of the Sri Lankan partner to its official webpage.  START is a network comprised of 42 national and international aid agencies from five continents with the sole objective of delivering an effective aid, harnessing the power and knowledge of the network to make faster and better decisions to help people affected by crises.

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Visit by Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis

The Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Mr.Michel Roy paid a courtesy call on the National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka, Rev.Fr. Shanthi Kumar Weliwita during his recent visit to Sri Lanka.

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Micro Finance Capacity Building Workshop

The second two-day residential Training Workshop under a Caritas Poland- supported project titled “Family Livelihood Support through Micro Finance Scheme” was held in the Caritas Auditorium on 16th and 17th November 2016. It was attended by 27 participants comprising Diocesan Program Coordinators, Finance Officers and Field Officers representing all 13 Diocesan Centres.

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Afghan Emerging Civil Society Leaders visit SEDEC

A group of 38 Afghan nationals who work as emerging civil society leaders and social workers in their country visited Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC on 30th November 2016 as part of a study tour funded by USAID and coordinated by Counterpart International. The Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) facilitated the local arrangements for the visitors by helping them to gain exposure to individual civil society activists, informal civil society organizations, relevant public institutions, youth parliament and other organizations who work with communities in creating positive social transformation.


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Caritas Japan delegates visit SEDEC

A two -member delegation from Caritas Japan visited Caritas Sri Lanka on 26th November and met with Rev. Fr. Shanthi Kumar Weliwita, National Director and the Program Officers of the Safe Migration Project supported by Caritas Japan.

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CRS Asia delegation visits Sri Lanka

Mr. Greg Aubrey, Asia Regional Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS-USA), along with Mr.Tony Castleman – South Asia Representative and Ms. Jomey Joseph - Head of Office in Chennai visited Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC on 2nd December 2016 and met with Rev Fr. Shanthi Kumar Weliwita, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka and other staff in the National Centre.

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