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.
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Trafficking of persons is a serious crime against humanity, says Bishop Harold Perera at Caritas South Asia Sub Regional Conference
The upsurge in labour migration in recent years has aggravated the problem of trafficking in persons which is a serious crime against humanity, said the Chairman of the Catholic National Commission on Migrants, Rt Rev Dr Harold Anthony Perera in his address as Chief Guest at the South Asian Sub Regional Conference on Anti Trafficking hosted by Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC in Colombo this week. Trafficking is now an organized business with profit maximization as its main objective, His Lordship pointed out, adding that the Church has condemned human trafficking and Pope Francis has called it an ‘open wound’ on humanity itself. While combating this crime is an extremely difficult task, we are anyhow called upon to be compassionate to the victims and protect them, Bishop Harold Perera said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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