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.

International Women’s Day

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...

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World Water Day

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.

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Capacity building on sustainable agriculture

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.

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Youth Ambassadors for Peace

A total of 23 village level youth groups have been formed in all the Dioceses with the aim of empowering youth as Ambassadors of Peace under the project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation, supported by Caritas Australia.

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Workshops on sustainable agriculture

Under the Caritas Norway-funded project titled “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture To Ensure Food Security”, a series of workshops were held in the Dioceses of Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Batticaloa during the month of February 2015.
In Anuradhapura, 45 persons belonging to 07 Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Meawachchiya area participated, while the workshop in Amabagaswewa, Polonnaruwa saw an attendance of 60 persons. A Community Based Organisation (CBO) has been started here.

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Calls for Expression of Interest

Applications are expected from the competent individuals/organizations highly proficient in Sinhala and Tamil languages to undertake the  assignment for a period of 28 days (March – May 2015) of Final Evaluations of the Water Resources Management and Women’s Empowerment Programme and Gender Mainstreaming Support Programme implemented in selected areas of the Catholic Dioceses of Anuradhapura, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala and Mannar, covering the Administrative Districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa Jaffna, Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya,  Kurunegala, Mannar and Vavuniya.

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DISTRIBUTION OF FLOOD RELIEF IN THREE DIOCESES

Following the initiative taken by Caritas Sri Lanka National Centre in organizing a large quantity of food and non-food items as relief aid for hundreds of flood victims, the physical distribution of these relief goods to affected families in the Districts of Anuradhapura, Pollonnaruwa, Trincomalee and Batticaloa was systematically arranged under the guidance of the respective Diocesan Directors, namely Rev Fr Paaris Jayamaha, Rev Fr G Nithidasan and Rev Fr Geron de Lima, from 13th to 16th February 2015.

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