Caritas Sri Lanka organized a refresher training for the Diocesan Centre (DC) coordinators of the Safe Labour Migration Project on 13th and 14th of June in Colombo at the SEDEC premises.  Six coordinators representing the Dioceses of Badulla, Chilaw, Colombo, Galle, Kandy and Kurunegala participated in the workshop to share their grass root level experiences. In addition two Diocesan Directors of Badulla and Kurunegala also took part.

The two-day workshop enhanced their knowledge on the issues and possible interventions and solutions of the migration cycle. The participants were divided into three groups and asked to identify the gaps, issues, ways of identification of migrant cases and where to lead the victims for solutions in the Migration Cycle stages of pre-departure, in service and return. The participants actively engaged in the interactive sessions and discussions and shared numerous geographic sensitive cases of migrants.

They were given hands on experience on the MSD system (Migration Support Database System) and from now on the DC Coordinators will be able to upload cases to the system and would be able to see the updates related to the specific cases facilitated by the National Centre.

The coordinators were also capacitated on the reporting techniques and asked them to take into consideration the overall project goals and objectives when writing about any activity, achievement or challenge.  A new strategy on networking and creating awareness on the positive and negative impacts of migration was also explained to the DC staff.

Ms. T. Madushika Lansakara, Senior National Programme Officer, Global Programme Migration and Development of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) joined the sessions on the second day and explained about the project expectations of the funding partners. She also highlighted the importance of identifying new trends and emerging issues specific to the Dioceses and requested the DC Coordinators to communicate them to the National Centre and to SDC for action and intervention.

The project titled, “Provision of Services for Migrant Workers and their families in Sri Lanka” has been implemented since 2016, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The project is implemented with the coordination of 11 Diocesan Centres and 6 Deep Impact Partners such as Caritas Colombo, Caritas Jaffna,  CHRCD in Kurunegala, ESCO in Batticaloa, SWOAD in Ampara and  PREDO in Nuwara Eliya.