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 2016

  • 11th & 12th August : ‘Reconciliation Day’ in Badulla with participants for the Diocese of Galle, Batticaloa, Ratnapura & Badulla.
  • 30th August – 3rd September 2016 & 6th September – 10th September 2016
    Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC will be hosting a Training of Trainers workshop for paralegals on “Access to justice for Sri Lankan migrant workers and their families”, under the Project funded by the Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation (SDC) from 30th August to 10th September 2016, in Colombo, separately in Sinhala & Tamil medium. Over 40 staff of 06 Partner organizations from Jaffna, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo, Kurunegala, Amparai and Batticaloa, 12 Caritas Diocesan Centres and staff of the Safe Migration Unit of the Caritas National Centre who will receive this trainers’ training, will thereafter train local paralegals on subjects such as Safe Migration, Policy and Institutional Frameworks on Migration in Sri Lanka, working as a paralegal, Mechanisms for problem solving on migrant issues and the different stages of migration. The Training of Trainers (TOT) program will be a residential program facilitated by Dr. Ramani Jayasundere, an expert on labor migration and other resource persons from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs (Consular Division) and Foreign Employment, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment and the Legal Aid Commission.

    Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC is implementing the SDC - funded multi-year project for the “Provision of Services for Sri Lankan Migrant Workers and their Families” which commenced in April 2016.

Last Updated (Thursday, 11 August 2016 16:08)


Caritas supports campaign against drug menace

A massive protest against the drug and narcotics trade was held in Ragama (Colombo Diocese) on 30th July 2016 with the participation of a large number of school children, religious leaders, law enforcement officers and general public.

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Caritas initiates steps to assist plantation communities

The members of Vigilant Committees formed in tea estates in the Dioceses of Kandy, Galle, Badulla and Ratnapura under the ‘ Green Gold Harvesters Project’ have initiated several community-oriented activities that are beneficial to the people. These were undertaken after identifying the needs and prioritizing them for collective action

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A project to "Provide Legal Aid and Legal Services to Migrant Workers and Their Families" has been initiated with the support of Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) in order to help migrant workers and migrant returnees  to take up the cases relating to various issues faced by them while in foreign employment.

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Reconciliation Day in Mannar Diocese

Nearly 100 members  of Village Peace Committees and Volunteers from the Dioceses of Kandy, Mannar, Jaffna and Anuradhapura gathered at Madhu Retreat Centre on 14th and 15th July 2016 for a Day of Reconciliation hosted by Caritas Mannar Valvuthayam under the “Project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation”.

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Water Resource Management and Women’s Empowerment Project of Caritas Sri Lanka

Caritas Sri Lanka has successfully completed a two year project, Water Resource Management and Women’s Empowerment, from 2013 to 2015. CAFOD-UK funded this important initiative which assured safe drinking water in the close proximity to households. This transformation has released the house-hold women from the burden of collecting water from far-away and insecure water sources.

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Visit of CAFOD delegation

A two-member delegation of CAFOD-UK, comprising Ms Mary Lucas, Program Manager-Sri Lanka & Middle East and Ms Victoria Jones, Desk Officer visited Sri Lanka in the latter part of June 2016.

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