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.

Community involvement in Caritas Gender and Water Project

The active participation of community members was quite visible in several aspects of the Water Resource Management and Women Empowerment Program implemented in the Dioceses of Kandy, Jaffna, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Mannar. They attended the awareness creation meetings as well as the ceremonies and religious observances held in connection with the inauguration of the program in many areas. Equally important, they played a key role in the selection of locations, obtaining approvals from Government authorities, preparing construction sites and even directly engaging in construction work.

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Address by Oscar Andres Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

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Seminar on interreligious cohesion

As part of the Survey on Interreligious Harmony in Sri Lanka, launched by Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with the University of Kelaniya and the Open University of Sri Lanka, 38 youth from Moneragala District attended a seminar on Interreligious Cohesion held at Tulana Research Centre, Kelaniya from 12th-14th September. The participants belonged to different ethnic and religious backgrounds and, in addition to the working sessions, they also undertook an exposure journey to the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara which is a premier Buddhist temple. The seminar was facilitated by Rev Fr B Costa, Ven. Sumangala Thero, Dr Shirley Wijesinghe and Mr Jude Preman Fernando.

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Training on drought resistant cultivation techniques

Mr R S Wijesekera, Director of Extension and Training in the Department of Agriculture, Peradeniya facilitated a workshop held at SEDEC auditorium on 12th September on the subject “Climate Change-Traditional and Novel Technologies to Cope with Future Challenges”. Nearly 35 participants from the Dioceses of Batticaloa, Anuradhapura and Kurunegala as well as from the National Centre attended this training program which was held under the project titled “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”.

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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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