What we do

Our integrated focus

At the heart of everything we are called to do are three foundational elements of being Catholic, Family focused and Community based in our programmes of disaster relief, development and advocacy.

  • First, we are Catholic. Motivated by our faith in Jesus Christ, Caritas serves the poorest of the poor, vulnerable and the marginalized regardless of race, religion, caste or gender.
  • Secondly, Family focus prioritizes children, youth, adults and the elderly and empowers them together with their communities to improve their well-being.
  • Finally, our work is community-based, which means that Caritas’ primary role in individuals, families and communities is to encourage them through “animation” and walk in “solidarity” in their efforts alongside others – communities, organisations, agencies, government & religious institutions with development of the ‘whole person’ as our primary focus.

Guiding Principles

The guiding principles that inspire our work are based on the Catholic Social Teaching

Dignity of the Human Person

We believe in the intrinsic dignity and equality of every human person and the sacredness of human life, from conception to natural death. We categorically reject the exclusion of the poor, disabled and elderly people, or any other vulnerable members of our human family.

Mercy and Compassion

We are compelled to take action to alleviate misery and pain. Mercy is a Gospel value that is central to the message of Jesus, leading those who work for Caritas to be loving and compassionate.

Formation of the Heart

We believe that “ those who work for the Church’s charitable organizations must be distinguished by the fact that they dedicate themselves to others with heartfelt concern, enabling them to experience the richness of their humanity. Consequently, in addition to their necessary professional training, these charity workers need a ‘formation of the heart ”.

Equal Opportunities and Responsibilities

We are committed to promoting equal rights and responsibilities of men and women.

Preferential Option for the Poor

We combat dehumanizing poverty that deprives people of their dignity and promote the rights of poor and vulnerable people. We Caritas accompany them in building a better world for all.

Universal Destination of Goods of the Earth

We work to transform economic, social, political, and cultural structures that are opposed to a just society. We work to change this world into one where all can share in the gifts of creation and enjoy basic rights.

Solidarity

We are committed to solidarity among all peoples, seeing the world through the eyes of the poor, and recognizing the interdependence of the human family. We will always strive to work for the common good.

Subsidiarity & Cooperation

We seek to work together across the confederation when a united approach can increase effectiveness and advance our common vision. We recognize the local autonomy of each organization.

Stewardship

We believe the earth and its resources are entrusted to all human kind. As true stewards of creation, Caritas members seek to act and inspire others to act in an environmentally sustainable way, so that nature will be preserved for future generations.

Strategic priorities

Caritas Sri Lanka’s Strategic Priorities for the period 2018 – 2021

Strategic Priority 1: Promote life with dignity for all

The most vulnerable, marginalized and poorest of the poor enjoy greater inclusion in social, political and economic life; have access to quality basic services (water, health, education, housing); enjoy freedom without exploitative practices and gains confidence in every individual’s ability to change one’s own life; are able to voice their concerns and influence decisions that affect them; are able to access and mobilize information and resources to achieve self-reliance.

Strategic Priority 2: Ensure sustained economic development & resilience

The most vulnerable, marginalized and poorest of the poor develop greater resilience as a result of diversification of livelihoods and/or increase in assets/income; have sustainable employment or access to income generating activities and have greater control over income and assets; are better prepared for, and able to respond to, crises, shocks and life’s challenges.

Strategic Priority 3: Promote sustained relationships through justice, peace & reconciliation

The most vulnerable, marginalized and poorest of the poor enjoy greater inclusion in social, political and economic life; have access to quality basic services (water, health, education, housing); enjoy freedom without exploitative practices and gains confidence in every individual’s ability to change one’s own life; are able to voice their concerns and influence decisions that affect them; are able to access and mobilize information and resources to achieve self-reliance.

Strategic Priority 4: Build capacity & resilience for disaster preparedness, mitigation & response

All communities served, especially the most vulnerable, marginalized and poorest of the poor are aware and knowledgeable of the risks, threats and vulnerabilities in their respective localities and environment, including trends in weather patterns, natural disaster seasons & cycles and possess basic understanding of disaster preparedness; have established suitable mechanisms, structures, systems and procedures at family and community level in disaster risk reduction, mitigation and response; develop greater resilience and are better prepared for coping with disasters, return to normalcy and life continuity.

Strategic Priority 5: Build the organization and its sustainability

Caritas national and diocesan centres are governed and managed effectively through policies, systems, procedures and decision rights; are equipped with organizational and industry based best practices, core competencies, approaches and methodologies for effective mission; engage and employ competent people at all levels.

Modes of Intervention

DESCRIPTION OF MODES OF INTERVENTION OF CARITAS SRI LANKA

Given our primary concern to address poverty causes, the susceptibility of the country to natural disasters and the emergence of issues due to injustice & inequality adversely affecting the poor, the vulnerable and the marginalized populations, emphasis will be placed on the following Modes of Intervention and the integration of same in our programming across all sectors

  • Community based integral human development addressing root causes of poverty
  • Rights based advocacy and influence for change
  • Community based disaster risk reduction and response

Sector Priorities & Cross-Cutting Themes

CARITAS SRI LANKA’S SECTOR PRIORITES & CROSS CUTTING THEMES

Caritas Sri Lanka will prioritise the following key sectors and cross-cutting themes, nationally, whilst retaining the flexibility for the respective Diocesan Centres to consider other important sectors and cross-cutting thematic areas deemed critical in meeting their aspirations of those whom we serve

Priority Sectors

  1. Economic Development
  2. Justice, Peace Building & Reconciliation
  3. Disaster Preparedness & Resilience
  4. Re-settlement & Livelihood Development
  5. Safe Labour Migration
  6. Environmental Protection

Cross-cutting Themes

  1. Climate Change Adaptation
  2. Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security
  3. Permanent Shelter
  4. Health, Water & Sanitation
  5. Youth Development
  6. Education