Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is the social arm of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Sri Lanka and is affiliated to Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development, and social service organizations present in 200 countries and territories.
Our national centre is located in the Archdiocese of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital city. Our vision is radiated to the far corners of the island through 12 Diocesan Centres. Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC is also the national secretariat of the National Catholic Commission for Justice Peace and Human Development.
Under the project intervention supported by Caritas Slovenia, 7 poor and marginalized families in Kurunegala Diocese were given training on Micro Business Planning to start or expand a business activity. This is the third batch of beneficiaries who received support under the project titled “With Work towards a Decent Life-Support for Poor Families”.
A One-day capacity building and training workshop for the Finance Staff of the Caritas National Centre and the Diocesan Centres was held on the 14th February 2017 at the SEDEC auditorium. Six Diocesan Directors and a group of 48 members of finance staff participated in the session.
The first National Legal Guidance Committee meeting (NLGC) organized by the Safe Migration Unit of Caritas Sri Lanka was held on 24th January 2017 at SEDEC.
A 3-day capacity building programme for the Caritas Diocesan Directors, key DC Staff and selected members of the National Centre Staff was held from 6th to 8th February 2017 at the SEDEC auditorium. This is the first of its kind programme, under the series of capacity building initiatives planned for the year, 2017.
A training session on Presentation Skills and PowerPoint Presentation was held at the Caritas Sri Lanka - SEDEC auditorium on 31st of January 2017. The main objective of the session was to enhance and sharpen the presentational skills of the National Centre Staff.
An international forum, under the theme, “Time for Action: Doing rights-based governance of Migration and Development in our Communities and Across Borders” was held for the 9th consecutive year, from 5th to 12 December 2016 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The global forum and its connected events were organized by the Migration Forum Asia (MFA) and by the Government of Bangladesh.
A Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for the Diocesan Coordinators and Volunteers of all 13 dioceses were held recently at the SEDEC auditorium. The timely intervention and sharing was organized with the objective of enhancing the knowledge of the participants with the essential tools and practices of the Transitional Justice process, that strengthen the peace and reconciliation work that Caritas Sri Lanka promotes.