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 - May 2016

  • 18th May - Workshop on Sustainable Agriculture Techniques for beneficiaries of the Food Security Project in Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa Districts
  • 26th & 27th May - The second in a series of workshops on 'Preparation for Pre - departure Assistance to Potential Women Domestic Migrants' will be held in Trincomalee.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 10 May 2016 11:39)



In the aftermath of the unprecedented flood and landslide situation that arose in several parts of the country in the past week, Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC has rushed much-needed humanitarian aid to the Dioceses of Kandy, Kurunegala, Chilaw, Anuradhapura, Colombo, Mannar, Trincomalee, Ratnapura and Jaffna / Vanni. Relief programs to provide essential food and non-food items to thousands of affected communities mostly living in safe locations set up in several locations including in parishes in the respective dioceses commenced over the weekend and are on-going.

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Dialogue on Religious Amity

Several religious leaders representing the Christian, Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic faiths participated in a Dialogue on Religious Amity held in SEDEC Auditorium on 17th March 2016. This was a follow – up of a series of small group discussions held separately with different faith leaders who had expressed the view that they would like Caritas to provide a platform for working together.

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Workshops on Core Humanitarian Standards

Mr. Mathew Carter, Humanitarian Director of CAFOD – UK and Chairman, Humanitarian Committee of Caritas International facilitated two Workshops on “Core Humanitarian Standards on Quality and Accountability (CHS)” for members of the Caritas Sri Lanka network during his recent visit to the country on 2nd and 3rd March 2016.

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Training on disaster preparedness for crop cultivation

Under the Caritas Norway/NORAD funded project on "Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security", three training workshops were conducted to raise awareness on cultivation techniques that are appropriate as a preparation for drought and flood situations.

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Training on Human Dignity

A group of 53 Diocesan Coordinators and Volunteers engaged in the Caritas Healing and Reconciliation Programme in all the Dioceses participated in a Training-of-Trainers (TOT) Workshop on “Respect for Human Dignity” held on 11th March in the SEDEC Auditorium. The trainees are expected to share their knowledge with 40 Village Peace Committees in order to bring about attitudinal changes for ethnic and religious harmony.

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Promoting Safe Migration

His Excellency Heinz Walker Nederkoon, Ambassador for Switzerland in Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest at an event held in SEDEC on 10th February 2016 to mark 'A Decade of Journey of Caritas Sri Lanka with Domestic Migrant Workers'.

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