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Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC organized a study session on the 13th amendment to the constitution on, which was conducted by Mr. Suren Gnanaraj, Counsel – Attorney-at-Law with the participation of Rev. Fathers and Catholic Nuns representing different congregations. The program was facilitated by Rev. Fr. Bennette Mellawa, Director- Caritas Anuradhapura who highlighted during the

Validation of the Plantation Research

Validation of the research on Challenges and Future Directions of Children’s Education Rights in Plantation Communities of Sri Lanka was held on 9th of March from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the Caritas SEDEC upper conference Hall. The research is one of the major activities under the “Lighting the Lives of Plantation People” Program (LLPP) with

Educational Exposure tour with Environmental Children’s Group in Mannar Diocese

Three Village Level Environmental Children’s Groups (VLECGs) were formed in selected villages under SSEP in Mannar District. A group of 155 children from VLECGs were taken for an educational exposure tour on 13th February 2023. The main objective of this exposure visit is to educate children about natural resources and the importance of conserving natural

Caritas Anuradhapura Youth Exposure Visit to Sinharaja Rainforest

Climate change is an inherent social issue that can upset anyone’s life in countless ways. Climate change is causing different social, economic, and public health issues on all the communities around the world. Therefore, advocating for climate justice by the local communities is the most essential solution to this worsening scenario. On that note, ‘Stepping

Coconut Oil Production Factory Opening Ceremony at Keeri – Mannar

“Stepping Stone to Safeguarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment” (SSEP) is a project implemented by Caritas Sri Lanka in all its 13 DCs from January 2022. It is a three-year project funded by Misereor with the goal of forming environmental sensitive empowered communities. The project will assist the selected communities who face the effects of environmental

Formation of National Civil Society Forum Governing Body under the program of Lighting the Lives of the Plantation People

Formation of Governing Body of the National Civil Society Organization Forum was held on the 11th of February 2023 at Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC Auditorium.  This event was held in connection with the creation of CSO forums in the first year in all the five Plantation Dioceses such as Kandy, Badulla, Ratnapura, Galle and Colombo.

Awareness session for Conference of Major Religious Superiors (CMRS) on the Plight of Plantation Community and CSL’s intervention toward Betterment of their Lives

An awareness session for the major Religious Superiors of the CMRS on the social issues of the plantation community in Sri Lanka was held Monday 28 November, 2022 at the Good shepherd Vocational Training Centre at Bolawalana in Negombo. Rev. Fr. Luke Nelson, Director of Caritas Sri Lanka- SEDEC (CSL) delivered a speech on plight of plantation community

“A small gesture of charity in the face of Hunger” Feeding Program by Missionaries of Charity Sisters and Caritas Sri Lanka

  “There is so much indifference in the face of suffering, May we overcome indifference with concrete acts of charity” – Pope Francis  Background Sri Lanka is currently going through the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. Years of economic mismanagement, corruption, short-sighted policy making, and overall lack of good governance left Sri Lanka

Catholic Relief Service Representative undertakes visit to Galle Diocese in Sri Lanka

The Executive Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Mr. Senthil Kumar visited CODESEP ( Community Development Service for Plantation) in the Ratnapura Dioceses on a fact-finding mission from 5th and 6th December 2022. Rev. Fr. Luke Nelson , Director, Caritas Sri Lanka , Rev. Fr Lasantha Fonseka, Director ,Caritas Sed Galle and Rev. Fr. Anthony

Mangrove Tree Planting Campaign organized by Caritas Jaffna – HUDEC

Mangrove forests are unique eco-systems that have ecological, biological, and socio-economic functions. These types of plants play a vital role in maintaining the equilibrium of the eco-system and ensure the stability of our world. Mangroves are nature’s fundamental barrier against soil erosion, an ideal place for sea plant growth, and a refuge for fish, and

Restored well-opening ceremony at Mandativu Maha Vidyalayam – Jaffna

Mandaitivu Maha Vidyalayam is a government secondary school located in Jaffna District. There are 200-250 students studying in the school. Under the ‘Stepping Stone to Safeguarding Sri Lanka’s Natural Environment’ (SSEP) project by Caritas- HUDEC Jaffna an Environmental Children’s Group was formed in this school. However, the students faced severe drinking water problems here since

Annual Review and Project Design Meeting – Stepping Stone Environmental Project (SSEP)

The SSEP Annual and Project design meetings were held on the 5th and 6th of December 2022 at the St. Jhon Mary Vianney Clergy house, Bulutota, with the participation of 45 project coordinators and field officers. In addition, a few Diocesan Directors from Colombo, Jaffna, Kandy, Kurunegala and Rathnapura were also present during the two-day


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