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.

Training in Integrated Pest Management

A three-day residential Workshop on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) was held from 03rd to 05 June 2015 for a group of 40 persons from Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Batticaloa where a project on “ Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security” is being implemented with funding assistance from Caritas Norway. Among the participants were Caritas Diocesan Directors, Program Coordinators, Field Officers, Agricultural Instructors, volunteers and selected farmers. The venue for this training program was the Rice Research and Development Institute in Batalagoda, Ibbagamuwa.

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Caritas felicitates Buddhist prelate

Venerable Dr Ittapane Dhammalankara Mahanayake Thero who was recently elevated to the high office of Mahanayake (Chief Prelate) of the Kotte Sri Kalyani Samasridharma Maha Sangha Sabhawa was honoured at a felicitation event held at Caritas Sri Lanka auditorium on 12th June 2015 under the patronage of His Eminence Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka. Among others present on the occasion were Most Rev Dr Vianney Fernando, Chairman of Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC, Rev Fr George Sigamoney, National Director of SEDEC and several members iof the Catholic and Buddhist clergy.

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PRAYERFUL GREETINGS TO NEW PRESIDENT OF CARITAS INTERNATIONALIS

Caritas Sri Lanka is proud and happy to congratulate His Eminence Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Philippines on his recent election as President of CI at the 20th General Assembly held in Rome from 12th – 17th May 2015.

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Housing for resettled families in Mullaitivu

His Excellency Heinz Walker-Nederkoon, Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka participated in the handing over of 210 houses built for war- affected families in the villages of Kallapadu South, Silavaththai, Mullivaikkal East and Mullivaikkal West in Mullaitivu District on 21st May 2015. These houses were built with funding assistarcise books and stationery items sponsored by Caritas to students of Silavaththai Tamil Vidyalayam who had been successful in the Grade Fince from Caritas Swiss under a project which included livelihood grants to 184 persons in the area as well. Among those present at this event were Rev Fr George Sigamoney, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka, Very Rev Fr Justin Gnanapragasam, Vicar General of Jaffna Diocese, several Local Government officials of the area and members of the beneficiary families.

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Capacity building for Vigilant Committee members in Estates

A group of 41 members belonging to 16 Vigilant Committees and Youth Groups in six estates in the Dioceses of Ratnapura, Galle, Badulla and Kandy attended a 3-day training workshop held at SEDEC from 22nd to 24th April 2015, the objective being to build their capacity to identify existing and emerging issues facing their communities as well as addressing or handling these in a prudent and strategic manner.

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Caritas builds water tank for relocated village in the East

Ilakanthai in Mutur DS Division, Trincomalee  is a village where nearly 125 displaced families have been relocated after their original lands were taken up in the high security zone which includes the site of the proposed Sampoor coal power plant.

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International Women’s Day

A group of 53 women community leaders chosen from eleven Dioceses, along with 12 Caritas Program Coordinators were felicitated at an event held on 31st March 2015 at Caritas Sri Lanka auditorium to mark International Women’s Day (IWD). All the participants were awarded with mementos in recognition of their contribution to the advancement of integral human development programs implemented by Caritas over a period of many years...

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