Safe Migration

Building Capacity for Effective Project Monitoring and Reporting at Caritas SEDEC National Centre

Caritas Sedec National Centre recently hosted a two-day Capacity Building Training program aimed at enhancing the skills of its network staff in project monitoring and reporting tools. This significant initiative took place on December 12th and 13th at the Caritas Sedec National Centre, marking a crucial step toward the larger goal of establishing Monitoring and

World Children’s Day Celebration in Athungoda Village, Puttalam: Inverting Our Future with Love and Care”

The 7th of October 2023 marked a day of celebration and togetherness in Athungoda Village, Puttlam in the Diocese of Chilaw as the community came together to celebrate World Children’s Day. This year’s theme, “Inclusion, for every child” took centre stage, emphasizing the crucial role children play in shaping the future. Caritas Sri Lanka, dedicated

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

The feast day of St. Bakhita

The feast day of St. Bakhita the patron saint for the victims of modern slavery and human trafficking was celebrated on 8th February. St. Bakhita, a Sudanese nun also known as ‘Mother Moretta’ experienced the moral and physical humiliations associated with slavery in the hands of kidnappers at the age of nine itself. Her story

Origami and STEAM workshops as a means of Fun and Education during Pandemic Initiative from Caritas Sri Lanka

With the onset of the pandemic, the education of children has faced with numerous difficulties. According to the global statistics and reports from UNESCO, the closure and clock down situations have badly affected the usual education pattern of children, prompting many disadvantaged and vulnerable children to move away from the formal school education system. Further

Webinar on Issues related Human Trafficking and Labour Migration in the Context of COVID 19 in Sri Lanka

Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC together with the Catholic National Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, Talithakum Sri Lanka have organized a webinar titled, “Issues related Human Trafficking and Labour Migration in the Context of COVID 19 in Sri Lanka” on 8th of February 2021. The above programme has been organized in line with

Multi Stakeholder Capacity Enhancement Programmes on Labour Migrants’ Case Handling Mechanism held in the months of December 2019, January & February 2020

Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Employment and Caritas Diocesan Centres organized a series of 2-day Capacity Enhancement Programmes for stakeholders engaged in the Safe Labour Migration related work in the Districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Hatton, Jaffna and Batticaloa. The objective of these workshops is to build the capacities of the

A Declaration issued by Caritas Sri Lanka Network and the Catholic National Commission for Migration

Ensuring Safe Migration and Preventing Human Trafficking  At the end of a two-day event 20-21 February 2020 at Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC to commemorate the World Migrants Day, a Declaration was read out by the Bishop of Galle Rt. Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickremasinghe, Chairman of the Catholic National Commission for Migration.  All those present

World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking – Feast of St Josephine Bakhita,

St Josephine Bakhita, who was sold into slavery at a young age, is known as the Patron Saint of victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. Her Feast Day is on February 8, also known as the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking On February 11, 2020 Caritas Sri Lanka commemorated the feast of St. Josephine Bakhitha


St Josephine Bakhita, also known as ‘Mother Moretta’ (our Black Mother) bore  144 physical scars throughout her life which were received after she was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery. Such was the trauma experienced that she forgot her birth name and her kidnappers gave her the name Bakhita meaning ‘fortunate’.

MOJO – Mobile Journalism Training

On 9th & 10th December 2019 At SEDEC Auditorium A two day Training Programme on Mobile Journalism was held at Caritas Sri Lanka on 09th & 10th December 2019.  The staff of SEDEC National Centre Migration Unit, CDS our partner and the Migration Officers of the  Diocesan Centers of Colombo, Kandy, Trincomalee & Jaffna  participated

Multi Stakeholder Capacity Enhancement Programme on Labour Migrant Case Handling Mechanism in Ampara

Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Employment organized a capacity enhancement programme for stakeholders engaged in the safe labour migration related work in Ampara district recently. This is the first such programme conducted under this series and more such programme are to be held in the districts of Nuwara Eliya, Colombo,

Training on Case Handling Mechanism to DOFEs in Batticaloa District

Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with Caritas Batticaloa – EHED organized a half a day programme for the Development Officers of Foreign Employment (DOFEs) in the Batticaloa district recently to educate them of the Caritas-led Case Handling Mechanism and to discuss about the issues pertaining to the migrants and their family members. According to the

Orientation on Case Handling Mechanism of Safe Migration for Jaffna District DOFEs

An orientation programme for DOFEs (Development Officers of Foreign Employment) on Safe Labour Migration was held at HUDEC Hall, Jaffna on 15th of October 2019. This programme commenced with a small prayer and Mr. Basty Rajith, Programme Coordinator, welcomed Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC staff, Mr.Sajith Silva, Program Manager; Mrs.Luxsha Ragunan, Programme Coordinator and Ms.

Awareness on Safe Migration Practices for Selected CBO Leaders

Representatives of Community Based Organisations (CBOs) functioning under different programmes of Caritas Jaffna and those who are affiliated to Women Rural Development Societies participated in a programme on Safe Labour Migration which was held at HUDEC Hall, Jaffna on 16th October 2019. A group of 22 CBOs attended the programme. The Programme Coordinator, Mr.Basty Rajith

World Day for Migrants and Refugees Commemoration Ceremony – 29th September 2019

Caritas Sri Lanka Migration Unit in coordination with the Caritas Colombo Seth Sarana, Catholic Commission for Migrants and ZOA Sri Lanka organized the World Day for Migrants and Refugees on Sunday 29th of September, 2019 at St. Anne’s Church, Wattala. The Main Sunday Holy Mass was celebrated in Commemoration of the Migrants Day by Rev.Fr.

Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC Spearheading Advocacy towards Well being of Safe Labour Migrants and their Families

The Migration team of Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC compiled a Position Paper for the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) in consultation with Deep Impact Partners (DIPs) of the Safe Labour Migration Project (SLMP) funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Position Paper was handed over to Mr. P. P.

National Interfaith Forum and Exposure Visit

Cambodia National Inter-Faith Forum on Combating Human Trafficking and Ending Modern Slavery was organized for the third time on 14th August 2019 and was presided over by the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia, Minister of Interior and the Chairman of National Committee for Counter Trafficking (NCCT). This forum was initiated by Caritas Cambodia and religious

Caritas Sri Lanka – SEDEC Heartfelt Condolence

Rev. Sr. Mary Angela has worked at Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC from 1980s to 1995. She had been a wonderful character who had inspired many during her time at SEDEC. Especially her enthusiastic work forming the famous Women’s Desk at Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC made the organization a professional and a profound humanitarian organization in the Sri