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 - October 2014

  • 19th October - Capacity building for a group of 90 Prison Officials on the subject of “Child Abuse, Child Trafficking and the law”.
    The Resource Persons will be Dr. S. Thurairajah, Deputy Solicitor General and ASP Ms. Lanka Rajini of the Women and Children Bureau of Sri Lanka Police.
    Venue – SEDEC Auditorium.
  • 12th - 19th October - To coincide with Caritas Internationalis food campaign’s global week of Action, events to mark World Food Day will be held at Caritas Sri Lanka National Centre as well as in the dioceses of Batticaloa, Kurunegala, and Anuradhapura, under the theme “ONE HUMAN FAMILY – FOOD FOR ALL”.
  • 31st October - Capacity Building Training programme on Marketing Techniques for a group of around 75-100 participants comprising of Diocesan Field Officers and beneficiaries of Food Security Project.
    Venue - Caritas Kurunegala Janasetha Auditorium

Last Updated (Thursday, 23 October 2014 20:00)


Visit of Caritas Korea delegation

A four-member delegation of Caritas Korea officials visited Sri Lanka from 01st to 09th October in order to review the projects and programs supported by them. They held discussions with the National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka, Rev Fr George Sigamoney and undertook exposure visits to Jaffna, Vanni, Trincomalee and Colombo Diocesan Centres where they met the respective Diocesan Directors...

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Ms. Regina Wenk, Technical Consultant of Caritas Swiss visited Sri Lanka from 9th to 16th September 2014 in order to assess the current progress of housing, livelihood and community grant projects supported by this Partner in Vanni, Trincomalee and Batticaloa regions.

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Community involvement in Caritas Gender and Water Project

The active participation of community members was quite visible in several aspects of the Water Resource Management and Women Empowerment Program implemented in the Dioceses of Kandy, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Mannar. They attended the awareness creation meetings as well as the ceremonies and religious observances held in connection with the inauguration of the program in many areas. Equally important, they played a key role in the selection of locations, obtaining approvals from Government authorities, preparing construction sites and even directly engaging in construction work.

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Address by Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

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Seminar on interreligious cohesion

As part of the Survey on Interreligious Harmony in Sri Lanka, launched by Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with the University of Kelaniya and the Open University of Sri Lanka, 38 youth from Moneragala District attended a seminar on Interreligious Cohesion held at Tulana Research Centre, Kelaniya from 12th-14th September. The participants belonged to different ethnic and religious backgrounds and, in addition to the working sessions, they also undertook an exposure journey to the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara which is a premier Buddhist temple. The seminar was facilitated by Rev Fr B Costa, Ven. Sumangala Thero, Dr Shirley Wijesinghe and Mr Jude Preman Fernando.

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