On March 20th and 21st of 2024 Caritas Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation (DRRM) unit, recently concluded a comprehensive training program aimed at enhancing the disaster preparedness and mitigation skills of its staff. Funded by Caritas Asia, the two-day training took place at the Caritas Sri Lanka Auditorium, providing a platform for intensive learning and skill development.

The primary objective of the Capacity Building Training was to deepen the understanding of disaster risk reduction and mitigation among Caritas staff members. Throughout the program, participants delved into the intricacies of DRRM, explored relevant policies, promoted collaborations with like-minded organizations, and enhanced skills essential for crafting community-based disaster preparedness plans.

The training adopted the Hazard Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (HVCA) approach. This systematic methodology enabled participants to identify potential hazards, vulnerabilities, and existing capacities within communities, laying a strong foundation for effective disaster management strategies.

The training session seamlessly integrated interactive PowerPoint presentations with hands-on group activities. Participants engaged in practical exercises, including the application of HVCA tools and the development of village-level disaster mitigation plans which enriched the learning process and enhanced skills.

Highlights of the workshop

  • Insightful sessions covered a range of topics, including an overview of DRR in Sri Lanka, fundamental concepts of disaster management, and the application of the CBDRM approach with HVCA tools.
  • Discussions explored the integration of forecast-based action and the crucial link between livelihood economic development and DRR.
  • Group work sessions facilitated collaborative problem-solving and strategy development, promoting active participation and engagement.
  • A plenary session offered a platform for collective reflection and the exchange of insights, fostering a culture of shared learning and growth


The Sinhala training cohort benefited from the expertise of distinguished resource persons

  1. Udaya Kumar Fernando – An international development professional specializing in livelihood and economic development.
  2. W.G. Winson Gnanatheepan – A specialist in Disaster Risk Reduction, offering invaluable technical advice and support.

The successful completion of the Capacity Building Training Program exemplifies Caritas Sri Lanka’s unwavering commitment to empowering its staff with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective disaster preparedness and mitigation efforts. Through continuous learning and development initiatives, Caritas Sri Lanka reaffirms its dedication to fostering community resilience and sustainable development in Sri Lanka and beyond.