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.
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.
Representatives of several political parties participated in a panel discussion titled “ Good Governance and Social Justice” held at Caritas Sri Lanka auditorium on 20th July 2015. The meeting was chaired by Rt Rev Dr Cletus Perera, Bishop of Ratnapura and the sessions were moderated by Very Rev Cyril Gamini Fernando, Director of Social Communications of the Archdiocese of Colombo.
Ninety two war and tsunami affected families in Batticaloa District were the beneficiaries of houses built by Caritas in the villages of Omadiyamadu and Puchchakerny coming under the Koralaipattu DS Division.
Nearly 100 delegates including 72 youth leaders and 14 Program Coordinators from all the Dioceses, along with several Diocesan Directors and National Centre staff participated in the Youth Convention hosted by Kurunegala Diocese at the Janasetha Training Centre from 17th – 19th June 2015, under the guidance of Rev Fr Sagara Prishantha Perera, Diocesan Director of Janasetha. This program, held as part of the Project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation supported by Caritas Australia, had “We the youth for a just and fair world” as its Convention Theme. Nearly half its participants were females.
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.
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.
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.