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.

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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Training in Project Management

A 3-day Workshop on “Effect-based Project Management”, sponsored by Misereor, was held at the SEDEC Auditorium from 18th to 20th February 2015. Among its 35 participants were 10 Caritas staff members from the National and Diocesan Centres.

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Caritas relief aid for flood victims

In the immediate aftermath of the severe flood and landslide situation that prevailed in 22 out of Sri Lanka’s 25 Administrative Districts in December 2014, Caritas Sri Lanka with the help of some of its international partners rushed post-emergency relief assistance to nearly 3,000 affected families in the Dioceses of Kandy, Colombo, Ratnapura, Anuradhapura, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kurunegala, Jaffna/Vanni, Badulla, Chilaw and Mannar. In fact, according to the Government’s Disaster Management Center, 1.5 million persons had been badly affected, with 109,875 persons living in 599 temporary camps. 5,200 houses were destroyed while 16,290 more were partially damaged. A majority of the victim families are yet to recover from the adverse effects of this disaster. Meanwhile, the damage caused to agriculture was enormous too, thus impacting badly on the livelihoods of many.

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