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.
A 2-day programme on “Advocacy, capacity building and guidance for safe migration”, funded by Caritas Japan, was held at the Caritas SEDEC Auditorium, on 4th and 5th November 2015. The program was facilitated by Mr.L.K.Ruhunuge, Consultant on Labour Migration, on the first day and by Dr. Sepali Kottegoda, Executive Director of Women & Media Collective on the second day.
Under the Food Security Project supported by Caritas Norway, an event to mark World Food Day was held at Kaluthavalai in Ampara District with the participation of Rev. Fr. Geron de Lima, Director of Caritas EHED Batticaloa and the Lead Farmers and beneficiaries of the Food Security Project as well as officials of the Dept. of Agriculture and Divisional Secretariat of Kalmunai. Among others who participated were Diocesan Staff of the Food Security Project in Caritas Batticaloa and the Project Coordinator in the Caritas National Centre Ms. Nilani Tissera under whose guidance and promotion the Food Security Project is implemented in Batticaloa and Ampara Districts.
Ms Pamela Stathakis, Program Manager for Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Caritas Swiss visited Sri Lanka from 13th -19th November 2015.During the visit she held discussions with Rev Fr George Sigamoney, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka and also joined the needs assessment conducted in Trincomalee and Mullaitivu for a new housing project which, when implemented, would benefit conflict- affected families in the two Districts.
Fr Herbert Kaefer who is a volunteer in fund-raising for Misereor, Germany was in Sri Lanka on a 3-day visit from 29th to 31st of October during which he visited the Galle Diocese where he was received by Rev Fr Michael Rajendram, Director of Caritas SEDGalle.
A 2-day training workshop under the Caritas Poland-supported project titled “ Family Livelihood Support Through Micro Finance Scheme” was held at Janasetha Centre, Kurunegala on 26th & 27th November 2015 for a group of 30 Diocesan participants from Chilaw, Colombo, Kurunegala, Kandy, Ratnapura, Badulla, Galle and Batticaloa.
The objective of this programme is to address several issues that continue to have a bearing on poverty, and to implement programmes with a view to reducing the impact of poverty, thereby improving the quality of life of the low- income communities. The programme is being implemented in all Dioceses and the main focus is on increasing family incomes as well as reducing the cost of living and medical expenses in the longer term. Therefore, most of the Dioceses have selected activities to promote organic farming methods and establish home gardens in every home.
Mr. Michael Peyra, Program Coordinator of Caritas Australia visited Sri Lanka from 10th -13th November 2015. In Colombo, Mr.Peyra facilitated discussions for two officials of the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), Ms. Natassia Kaufman and Ms. Heather Fitt with Rev. Fr. George Sigamoney, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka and also with a team of Programme Officers of Caritas National Centre.