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Hatton National Bank in collaboration with Caritas Sri Lanka launched the joint initiative “Season of Giving” donation campaign on the 25th of November 2022 at the CSL Auditorium in the presence of Rt. Rev. Dr. Maxwell Silva, the Vice Chairman of the National Commission for Justice, Peace and Human Development/Vice Chairman of Caritas Sri Lanka,

World Children’s Day Celebration

Caritas Chilaw and Colombo celebrated the World Children’s day 2022 with the Environmental Children Groups that they have formed under ‘Stepping stone to safe guarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment’ project, (SSEP).                                                Colombo Caritas Colombo Seth Sarana celebrated the Children’s day 2022 at Muturajawela on 01st of October 2022. A group of 120 children from Moratuwa,

Awareness Creation on Advocacy and Lobbying for Environmental Justice Issues.

An environmental advocacy related workshop was organized by Caritas Sri Lanka with the active collaboration of Caritas Sethmini Ratnapura under the Stepping Stone to Safeguarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment (SSEP) project. This workshop was held on 4th October 2022 at Caritas Sethmini Ratnapura. The SSEP team from National Centre and the staffs from Colombo, Chilaw,

CSL Feeding Programme : ‘Alleviating hunger for the most vulnerable communities in this crisis situation in Sri Lanka’

“Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and broke the loaves.”   Matthew 14:19. How great is the act of sharing a meal with the poor and marginalized! Jesus shared a meal with five thousand people who followed him and in this miraculous act, we must seek


Rev. Father Mahendra Gunatilleke was ordained to Catholic Priesthood on 25th July 1992 in the Arch Diocese of Colombo. Since then, he had served at many parishes. He also served as the director and editor of the messenger newspaper at the Catholic press in Colombo. At the plenary meeting held by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference

Caritas Sri Lanka welcome the new National Director Rev. Fr. Luke Nelson Perera ( Diocese of Chilaw ) ; Bidding Farewell- Outgoing National Director “ Rev. Fr. Mahendra Gunatilleke.

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Rev. Father Mahendra Gunatilleke was ordained to Catholic Priesthood on 25th July 1992 in the Arch Diocese of Colombo. Since then, he had served at many parishes. He also served as the director and editor of the messenger newspaper at the Catholic press in Colombo. At the plenary meeting held by the Catholic Bishop’s Conference

Information Sharing Sessions among the Journalists & Reporters On the Lives & the unresolved Social Issues of the Plantation People In Sri Lanka

Information Sharing Sessions among JournalistsTwo separate Information Sharing Sessions for the Journalists of Mass media were conducted by CARITAS SRI LANKA – in Tamil stream on the 1st June at Nuwara Eliya Parish Pastoral Centre and in Sinhala stream at SED Galle Centre on the 8th June 2022.  The Media personals from the Plantation Dioceses of

Caritas Sri Lanka commemorating the World Environmental Day

Caritas Sri Lanka (CSL) conducted a major cleanup and tree planting Campaign Island wide to commemorate the World Environment Day on 05th of June 2022. Around 2000 adults, youth and children participated in these events. The 2022 World Environment Day campaign under the theme, “Only One Earth” calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale

Where have all the flowers gone?

We are a generation in this country who have been witnessing unending uprisings, upheavals, and horror that havocked our beloved nation. We have lost thousands of our brethren in somebody else’s ideology that led to hypocrisy, tyranny and terror. Our brethren who sacrificed their lives would have never thought that their endeavors – the reform

‘Lighting the lives of the Plantation People’- LLPP An Empowerment Program to better the lives Of the people of the Plantation Community in Sri Lanka

The Plantation Community in Sri Lanka mainly consists of the Indian Origin Tamils who are presently known as the ‘Malayaga Tamils” meaning Upcountry Tamils. As per the historical evidence, the arrival of the 1st batch of Indian Origin Tamil Speaking workers happened from 1823 to 1824, thus making 2023/2024 as the 200th years of their

A visit to perceive the impact of the FS Program – Caritas Vanni – HUDEC

Caritas Sri Lanka encourages small-holder farmers to ameliorate their capacity and attentiveness to be resilient to food insecurity over a decade. Caritas Norway / NORAD-funded Food Security Program is being a pillar of strength for the communities to enhance the self-sufficient family economy at the grassroots level. Recently the CSL team visited random target locations

Tree Planting Campaign at Kahagalla- Haputale

Caritas Badulla- USCOD organized a tree-planting campaign at Kahagalla, Haputale on 26 March 2022 under the Stepping Stone Environment Project implemented with the support of the funding partner, ‘MISEREOR’ The tree-planting campaign was organized by the Village Level Children Group (VLCG) with the support and coordination of the Village Level Elders Group (VLEG) formed under

Caritas Colombo-Sethsarana organized a Beach Cleanup Campaign at Diyalagoda

Caritas Colombo-Setharana organized a beach clean-up campaign on 31 March 2022 from 10am to 10:50am at Diyalagoda. Over the recent years, the environmental composition in Diyalagoda has been rapidly changing due to high levels of human activity and other human-related environmental issues.  During a community gathering in view of forming a Village Level Environment Group by

Visiting SED Galle on the SSEP

Caritas Sri Lanka National Centre team made a Monitoring and Evaluation visit (M & E) to Galle Diocesan Caritas Centre under the “Stepping Stone to Safeguarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment Project’ (SSEP) on 30th and 31st March 2022. Rev. Fr Lasantha Fonseka, Director of SED Galle and Mr. Priyantha Indunil SSEP Project Coordinator of the

Women’s Day Celebration by Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC

With The United Nations theme of International Women’s Day 2022, ‘Gender Equality for a Sustainable Tomorrow’, We Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC organized a special program on 18th March 2022 under the vision and guidance of National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC, Rev. Fr. Mahendra Gunatileke to celebrate, appreciate and honor behind the curtains heroes

Mangrove Planting Campaign in Batticaloa

Protecting and restoring mangroves is hugely important in the battle against human-induced climate change. By realizing all the importance of planting mangrove trees, under the  project ‘Stepping stone safeguarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment’, Caritas EHED Batticaloa Diocesan center organized a Mangrove Planting Campaign on 17 March 2022.   This tree planting campaign was organized by

Resolving conflict within the family towards a conflict-free community.

We experience conflict in every stage of our life. The ability to resolve conflicts with one another is a critical life skill, especially in today’s disruptive society. Looking for ways to resolve a conflict that meets the needs of both parties is challenging. Taking this matter into consideration, Caritas Sri Lanka –SEDEC jointly with Caritas Chilaw organized

M & E Visit to Mannar and Vanni under the Stepping Stone Environment Project (SSEP)

The ecosystem can be safeguarded from degradation only when humans start working towards it. In achieving this objective Caritas Sri Lanka with the collaboration of 13 Diocesan Centers, covering the entire island is in the process of forming 156 environmental groups, under the project titled, “A Stepping Stone to Safeguarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment” funded

Mitigation of Thalassemia through Awareness and Empowerment

“Thalassemia” is a genetically inherited, non-curable but easily preventable disease in which normal hemoglobin level in a patient is partially or completely surpass and necessitates blood transfusion approximately at month intervals. The safest approach to prevent the birth of a Thalassemia child is for the carrier of the gene to marry a non-carrier. For this

Caritas Sri Lanka Stands in Solidarity with People in this time of Unprecedented Economic Crisis

Sri Lanka, a country that suffered a recent genocide (2019 Easter Terror Attack), two major youth insurrections, and a 30 years of civil war, is now facing an unprecedented set of economic challenges. The causes of the present economic crisis are primarily attributed to the collapse of revenues generated from tourism that was completely deterred