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 titled, “ Inclusion of Marginalized Estate Labour Communities with Access to Government Services” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through SPICE Sri Lanka, a 2-day capacity building programme was organized by Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC.
With a view to create wider awareness on the Act to Right to Information (RTI), an orientation programme was organized by Caritas Sri Lanka at the SEDEC Auditorium on 9th March 2017. The session was conducted in the English language.
Caritas Sri Lanka - SEDEC organized a 2-day Women’s Interactive programme recently, under the project titled, “Advocacy towards Reconciliation, Unity and Good Governance in line with the LLRC Recommendations” with the funding assistance from Caritas Australia with Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP) and Misereor- Germany. The main objective of the workshop is to create a platform for different religious and ethnic groups to come together and share their views and experiences of the pre and post war situation, paving the way for closer understanding and respect for opposite views.
Under the guidance of Rev.Fr. Geron De Lima, Director, Caritas Batticaloa – EHED organized a 2-day capacity building and a training programme on 10th and 11th January 2017 for the farmers under the project titled, “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”.
The Migration Unit of Caritas Sri Lanka organized a capacity building and training programme recently for the DC and National Centre Staff along with other interested stakeholders in the safe labor migration programme. It included teachers, Development Officers, migrant returnees, Grama Niladhari Officers and an officer from the SLBFE legal division. This is the first of three such programmes, planned with the prime objective of capacitating the individuals who work towards safe labour migration in Sri Lanka.
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.