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.
- 11th March - An event to commemorate International Women’s Day will be held at Methsevana Detention Centre, Boralesgamuwa with the participation of around 150 female inmates of that institution.
Prof. Savithri Goonesekera, Prof. Kumar David and Dr Dayan Jayatillake who were the resource persons at a panel discussion arranged by Caritas Sri Lanka at the SEDEC auditorium on 25th February came out strongly on the urgent need for national reconciliation in Sri Lanka.
As Lent draws near, I would like to offer some helpful thoughts on our path of conversion as individuals and as a community. These insights are inspired by the words of Saint Paul: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9). The Apostle was writing to the Christians of Corinth to encourage them to be generous in helping the faithful in Jerusalem who were in need. What do these words of Saint Paul mean for us Christians today? What does this invitation to poverty, a life of evangelical poverty, mean to us today?
Under the project for “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”, a two- day workshop was held on Farmer Field Schools (FFS) Methodology for a group of nearly 30 participants including Diocesan and National Centre staff and volunteers, as well as selected farmers. The Dioceses of Batticaloa, Kurunegala and Anuradhapura participated in this program held 30th and 31st January 2014 at Rathnasiri Wickramanayake National Training Centre in Hantane, Kandy.
A three- member team from the CAFOD Theology Program visited Sri Lanka from 14th to 24th January 2014 with the objective of gaining direct knowledge of the projects facilitated and delivered by CAFOD partners, as well as to meet with theologians in this country and to also share with colleagues in Sri Lanka some of the current work of CAFOD’s Theology Program.
A short TV commercial prepared by Caritas Sri Lanka under its Safe Migration Program is now being aired on selected TV Channels in Sinhala and Tamil languages as a way of promoting skilled migration among Sri Lankan women as an alternative to going abroad as unskilled domestic workers in Middle Eastern countries.
Click read more button to view both Tamil and Sinhala versions of this video
A total of 8 wells constructed under the CAFOD - funded “Gender and Water” project were handed over to the respective beneficiary communities in Mannar and Anuradhapura Dioceses in December 2013.