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 - September 2016
- 12th - 15th September : Sustainable Agriculture workshop for Diocesan staff and Lead Farmers from 8 Dioceses, to be held in Kurunegala in Sinhala medium, in collaboration with officials of Department of Agriculture.
- 14th - 16th September : 2-day Capacity Building workshop for Diocesan Coordinators, Vigilant Group members and CBO leaders from 4 Dioceses, to be held in SEDEC under a Misereor- funded project to support plantation communities.
- 20th - 23rd September : Sustainable Agriculture workshop for Diocesan staff and Lead Farmers from 8 Dioceses, to be held in Batticaloa in Tamil medium, in collaboration with officials of Department of Agriculture.
- 23rd September : Capacity Building Workshop on Advocacy and Lobbying for CBO leaders and coordinators will be held at the Caritas National Centre Auditorium.
Last Updated (Thursday, 15 September 2016 19:02)
The third in a series of Reconciliation Day Programmes organized by Caritas Sri Lankan SEDEC was held in the Auditorium of Janasetha Caritas Kurunegala recently under the theme "Bringing Hearts and Minds together for National Reconciliation". The event was attended by 91 participants representing Village Peace Committees of Jaffna (Vanni), Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Chilaw and Colombo Dioceses. As in earlier events, participants from different religious and ethnic backgrounds came together for the two-day session held on 25th and 26th August 2016.
"Every nation which experienced progress and human development after a period of conflict was able to do so only by facing up to the situation in a spirit of compassion and with a determination to succeed, as well as through creative approaches towards finding a solution. Therefore, let us join forces with hope to build a new nation through reconciliation. Now is the moment for it", said His Lordship the Bishop of Badulla, Rt Rev Dr Winston Fernando in his address as Chief Guest at the "Caritas Reconciliation Day" held recently in Passara (Badulla Diocese).
The Migration Unit of Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC facilitated 4 pre -departure training programmes for the potential migrant workers, mainly to Middle Eastern countries. The workshops were conducted in 4 locations in Kandy, Colombo, Kurunegala and Trincomalee between April and July 2016.
A massive protest against the drug and narcotics trade was held in Ragama (Colombo Diocese) on 30th July 2016 with the participation of a large number of school children, religious leaders, law enforcement officers and general public.
The members of Vigilant Committees formed in tea estates in the Dioceses of Kandy, Galle, Badulla and Ratnapura under the ‘ Green Gold Harvesters Project’ have initiated several community-oriented activities that are beneficial to the people. These were undertaken after identifying the needs and prioritizing them for collective action
A project to "Provide Legal Aid and Legal Services to Migrant Workers and Their Families" has been initiated with the support of Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) in order to help migrant workers and migrant returnees to take up the cases relating to various issues faced by them while in foreign employment.