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.
Mr Greg Aubrey, Asia Regional Director for Catholic Relief Services visited Sri Lanka from 12th to 17th September, accompanied by Ms Michelle Neukirchen, Head of Programs for Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
Under a Caritas Swiss funded project, a group of 82 members of Women Rural Development Societies (WRDS) in Mullaitivu District gathered at the Vattuvakal Community Centre on 3rd and 4th September 2015 for a comprehensive training in several important aspects of their livelihood activities, such as Sustainable Livelihood Framework, Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) and Risk Coping Mechanism.
Nearly 80 grass root level leaders from 13 Dioceses attended a capacity building program on Social Justice and Good Governance held at SEDEC auditorium on 6th August 2015.
Caritas Sri Lanka recently honoured nearly 50 persons who had rendered yeoman service in delivering humanitarian assistance for war affected families, both during and after the end of the military conflict in the North and East. Among those whose work was appreciated were Bishops, Caritas Diocesan Directors and their staff as well as volunteers, public servants and civil society leaders.
Under a project supported by Kindermission of Germany, a group of 50 children with disabilities are being provided with transport facilities to attend a special school in the Vanni on a daily basis. They are also given nutritional food packs every month. In addition, 112 school children studying in Grades 5 – 9 are assisted to attend extra classes for their educational advancement, while a group of 25 women in the Vanni have been granted livelihood support after undergoing vocational training in their chosen fields.
With funding assistance from Caritas Korea, 163 children preparing for Grade Five Scholarship Examination in 6 schools in Jaffna are being supported with educational materials (including past question papers and model papers), fees for extra lessons and monthly packages of dry rations / nutritional food. A few selected children have also been provided with solar lamps and study tables. Each of the six schools has been assisted to set up a Scholarship Resource Centre equipped with relevant materials for practical work.