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 - July 2016
- 14th & 15th July - The first in a series of three 'Days of Reconciliation' will be held in Mannar. The participating Dioceses will be Jaffna, Mannar, Anuradhapura and Kandy. It is being held under the Healing and Reconciliation Project supported by Caritas Australia and Misereor - Germany.
Last Updated (Monday, 04 July 2016 18:53)
Caritas Sri Lanka has successfully completed a two year project, Water Resource Management and Women’s Empowerment, from 2013 to 2015. CAFOD-UK funded this important initiative which assured safe drinking water in the close proximity to households. This transformation has released the house-hold women from the burden of collecting water from far-away and insecure water sources.
A two-member delegation of CAFOD-UK, comprising Ms Mary Lucas, Program Manager-Sri Lanka & Middle East and Ms Victoria Jones, Desk Officer visited Sri Lanka in the latter part of June 2016.
Rev Fr Shanthi Kumar Weliwita assumed duties on 1st July 2016 as the National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC, succeeding Rev Fr George Sigamoney who had held that position since 2009.
Two workshops on organic farming were held on 18th and 19th May 2016 in Hiripitiya and Gammirigaswewa villages of Anuradhapura Diocese, under the Caritas Norway-funded project on "Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture To Ensure Food Security".
Under the Project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation, implemented with funding support from Caritas Australia and Misereor - Germany, Caritas Sri Lanka facilitated two recent workshops on the Report and Recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission which was appointed by the Government in 2010 following the end of the military conflict in the North in 2009.
A group of 35 persons consisting of Field Officers of the Caritas Norway funded Food Security Project, Diocesan Directors, lead farmers and volunteers from Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Batticaloa Dioceses participated in a two- day training program on bee- keeping held on 2nd and 3rd June 2016 at the Bee Development Unit in Bindunuwewa, Bandarawela. Also present were selected Agricultural Instructors from the Department of Agriculture.