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.

Upcoming Events - September 2016

  • 31st August - 2nd September : 3-day workshop on Micro Business planning for members of 10 families being supported in Kurunegala Diocese under a project funded by Caritas Slovenia.
  • 12th - 15th September : Sustainable Agriculture workshop for Diocesan staff and Lead Farmers from 8 Dioceses, to be held in Kurunegala in Sinhala medium, in collaboration with officials of Department of Agriculture.
  • 14th - 16th September : 2-day Capacity Building workshop for Diocesan Coordinators, Vigilant Group members and CBO leaders from 4 Dioceses, to be held in SEDEC under a Misereor- funded project to support plantation communities.
  • 20th - 23rd September : Sustainable Agriculture workshop for Diocesan staff and Lead Farmers from 8 Dioceses, to be held in Batticaloa in Tamil medium, in collaboration with officials of Department of Agriculture.

Last Updated (Wednesday, 31 August 2016 11:09)


"This is the moment for reconciliation", says Bishop of Badulla at Caritas Reconciliation Day

"Every nation which experienced progress and human development after a period of conflict was able to do so only by facing up to the situation in a spirit of compassion and with a determination to succeed, as well as through creative approaches towards finding a solution. Therefore, let us join forces with hope to build a new nation through reconciliation. Now is the moment for it", said His Lordship the Bishop of Badulla, Rt Rev Dr Winston Fernando in his address as Chief Guest at the "Caritas Reconciliation Day" held recently in Passara (Badulla Diocese).

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Safe Labour Migration Workshops

The Migration Unit of Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC facilitated 4 pre -departure training programmes for the potential migrant workers, mainly to Middle Eastern countries. The workshops were conducted in 4 locations in Kandy, Colombo, Kurunegala and Trincomalee between April and July 2016.

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Caritas supports campaign against drug menace

A massive protest against the drug and narcotics trade was held in Ragama (Colombo Diocese) on 30th July 2016 with the participation of a large number of school children, religious leaders, law enforcement officers and general public.

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Caritas initiates steps to assist plantation communities

The members of Vigilant Committees formed in tea estates in the Dioceses of Kandy, Galle, Badulla and Ratnapura under the ‘ Green Gold Harvesters Project’ have initiated several community-oriented activities that are beneficial to the people. These were undertaken after identifying the needs and prioritizing them for collective action

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A project to "Provide Legal Aid and Legal Services to Migrant Workers and Their Families" has been initiated with the support of Swiss Development Corporation (SDC) in order to help migrant workers and migrant returnees  to take up the cases relating to various issues faced by them while in foreign employment.

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Reconciliation Day in Mannar Diocese

Nearly 100 members  of Village Peace Committees and Volunteers from the Dioceses of Kandy, Mannar, Jaffna and Anuradhapura gathered at Madhu Retreat Centre on 14th and 15th July 2016 for a Day of Reconciliation hosted by Caritas Mannar Valvuthayam under the “Project to Promote Healing and Reconciliation”.

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