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 - September 2014

  • Training on Drought resistant Cultivation Techniques will be held at SEDEC on 12th September. Nearly 30 Field Staff working on the “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security” Project in Kurunegala, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Amapara and Batticaloa Districts will participate in the program which will be facilitated by the Director (Extension and Training) of the Department of Agriculture, Peradeniya.
  • A Survey on Interreligious Harmony in Sri Lanka has been undertaken in 15 Districts covering all the Dioceses in Sri Lanka. The Open University of Sri Lanka and the University of Kelaniya will collaborate with Caritas Sri Lanka to carry out the Survey over the next few months. The project is funded by Caritas Norway.
  • 12th – 14th September – Seminar on Inter-religious Cohesion for a group of 50 persons from Moneragala, belonging to different ethnic and religious backgrounds.
    Venue – Thulana Research Centre, Kelaniya

Last Updated (Wednesday, 10 September 2014 17:19)


Caritas completes 1,500 shelters in Vanni

HUDEC Vanni recently completed the provision of 1,500 shelters for displaced and war- affected families in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu Districts as their dwelling places, so that they may re-start their lives in a secure environment. More than 900 of this number are newly built houses, while repairs to damaged houses accounted for the remaining 600. Funding assistance to build these houses was received from Caritas Partners in Switzerland, Australia, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Portugal as well as from CAFOD-UK and Misereor-Germany.

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Young Familians to the fore!

In a fitting response to the sad plight of hundreds of families affected by drought in various parts of the country, the students of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitya which is one of the leading Catholic institutions in Colombo donated nearly 850 bottles of drinking water this week for distribution through the Caritas network. The students had also collected a stock of used clothes to be given to a group of war affected and displaced families still living under makeshift arrangements in the Eastern Province.

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More than125 farmers attended two training programs on marketing of agricultural products held in Kekirawa and Padaviya on 29th and 30th August 2014 under the Caritas project to ensure food security. The project, titled “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security, is being implemented in the Dioceses of Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Kurunegala.The  sessions in Kekirawa drew 74 participants from the villages of Alagollewa, Mihintale, Ipalogama, Minneriya, Laxauyana, Hurulewela,Gajabapura, Diulankadawela, Karakolagalayaya, Ganthiriyagama and Galkiriyagama, while in Padaviya there were 55 participants from the villages of Bisokotuwa and 1st Milepost. Most of those who attended were women who face particular constraints in improving their livelihoods. Mr P B Tennekoon, Business Promotion Consultant and Ms Nilani Tissera, Caritas National Project Coordinator for the Food Security program facilitated the training workshops.

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A Series of advocacy level exhibitions were held in the Dioceses of  Galle, Anuradhapura, Ratnapura, Chilaw, Batticaloa and Trincomalee to showcase the hidden talents of children who have been enlisted into the Caritas Child Friendly education programme. Targeting two selected villages in each of the six Dioceses, the programme aims at identifying the skills and developing the abilities of neglected children in those areas.

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Trainings on Gender Mainstreaming

Caritas Program Staff working on the Gender and Water Project in the Dioceses of Jaffna, Mannar, Kandy, Kurunegala and Anuradhapura, along with a few representatives of Batticaloa Diocese participated in the Gender Mainstreaming Training Program held in SEDEC during the month of August.

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Catholic Bishops speak out against attacks on Christians in Iraq

Let's condemn and pray... ISIS Attacks on the minority Christians in Iraq...

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