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 - August 2014

  • 26th – 28th August - Caritas Asia Sub Regional Capacity Building Programme on Anti – Trafficking, hosted by Caritas Sri Lanka.
    Venue – Caritas Sri Lanka Auditorium
    Participating countries – India, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:21)



Inter-diocesan exposure visits

The importance of people to people contact in promoting understanding, amity and reconciliation is underscored by the inter-diocesan exposures which have taken place in the past two years on the initiative of Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC and its Diocesan Centres. The dioceses have been "linked" under a program to Promote Healing and Reconciliation.

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Anti human trafficking workshop

A group comprising women Police officers and National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) officials, numbering nearly 75, attended a 2-day anti human trafficking workshop jointly organised by Caritas Sri Lanka and the Women and Children Bureau. It was held at the SEDEC Auditorium on 21st and 22nd July 2014 and the participant Police officers were representatives of 43 Women and Children Bureaus Island wide.

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Food security, food for all

More than a thousand farmers in the Dioceses of Kurunegala, Batticaloa and Anuradhapura have been formed into small groups and capacitated in organic farming methods under a project funded by Caritas Norway. These farmers have established viable home gardens which provide them with fresh vegetables and fruits, thus ensuring a healthy and nutritionally balanced diet for their families, in addition to improving the family economy.

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Housing, livelihood and community projects supported by Caritas Swiss in the Vanni

Members of the Women’s Rural Development Society (WRDS) in the village of Poonahari in Kilinochchi District were recently presented with a special Award by the Divisional Secretary of Poonahari in recognition of the effective functioning of their organization and its proper financial management, as well as the services rendered  by the WRDS to the people of the area. In addition to the housing and livelihood program implemented in this District, two Community Halls and a common well had also been built and handed over to the WRDS in the villages of Veravil and Valaipadu. These activities had helped to strengthen the capacity of WRDS members to undertake several steps that have served the common good. Caritas Sri Lanka supports the WRDS in the North under a project funded by Caritas Swiss.

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MISEREOR Delegate visits Sri Lanka

Ms. Kesuma Saddak, Asia Desk Programme Officer of Misereor, Germany visited Sri Lanka recently to review the progress of the pilot project titled ‘Green Gold Harvesters’ which is being implemented in the Dioceses of Galle, Ratnapura, Kandy and Badulla.

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Caritas Youth Camp on Reconciliation

As a follow-up of the healing and reconciliation work implemented in 24 villages under the Social Justice and Sustainable Peace Program of Caritas Sri Lanka, a group of 80 youth from several Dioceses gathered for three days at a camp held at Bandarawela Holiday Resort from 24th to 26th June 2014.

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