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.
- 3rd – 5th June - A 3- day residential Workshop on Integral Pest Management (IPM) will be held at Rice Research and Development Institute, Batalgoda, Ibbagamuwa. Around 35 participants from the Dioceses of Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Anuradhapura will attend this programme which is arranged under the project “Substantiation of Community Institution for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Events to mark World Water Week (22nd-29th March) were held in Vavuniya and Polonnaruwa on 28th and 29th March 2015 under the ”Water Resource Management and Women’s Empowerment” Project supported by CAFOD-UK.
A group of 50 farmers from all parts of the country and 30 Caritas Diocesan field officers attended a 3-day Capacity Building program on Sustainable Agriculture hosted by Caritas Kurunegala and held at Janasetha Centre, Kurunegala from 22nd to 24th March 2015.