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.
Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC organized a five- day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop for the Programme officers of the six ‘deep impact’ Partner Organizations and Caritas Diocesan and National Centre Staff of the Safe Labour Migration Programme. This TOT work shop is part of the project on “Provision of Services to Sri Lankan Migrant Workers and their Families”, funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The workshops in Sinhala and Tamil mediums were held at the Caritas Sri Lanka, Auditorium. The workshop covered the following topics:
The second phase of the World Food Day commemoration was held at S. A. Selvanayam Hall, Batticaloa on 27th October 2016 with a large gathering of around 500 invitees, farmers, school children, religious and political leaders, academics, Government officials and Caritas staff. The event was organized by Caritas Batticaloa – EHED under the guidance of Caritas Sri Lanka as part of a Caritas Norway -supported project titled “Substantiation of Community Institutions for Sustainable Agriculture to Ensure Food Security”.
A project to install solar lighting systems in community centres and pre-school premises in the Diocese of Kurunegala, Anuradhapura and Jaffna (Vanni) got under way recently, with ten such systems being provided in each of the three Dioceses.
Delegates from MISEREOR-Germany and Catholic Relief Services (CRS-USA) visited Sri Lanka recently to review the progress of projects and programs supported by them through Caritas Sri Lanka.
Ms. Pamela Stathakis, Programme Manager, Humanitarian Aid Department of Caritas Switzerland visited Sri Lanka from 2nd to 10th October 2016 to assess the progress of the housing project funded by Caritas Switzerland.
Mr. Aron Halfen – Programme Advisor of Caritas Norway was in Sri Lanka recently to make an assessment of the projects implemented with funding from Caritas Norway. He held discussions with the National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka, Rev Fr Shanthi Kumar Weliwita and project staff. He had the privilege of taking part in this year’s World Food Day commemoration held in Kurunegala on 16th October and visited locations in Kurunegala, Anuradhapuraya and Batticaloa where organic home gardens are maintained under the guidance of the Caritas food security programme.
World Food Day was commemorated at an event held in Kurunegala on 16th October 2016 with the participation of a large number of invitees, farmers and general public under the global theme “ Climate is changing: Food and agriculture must too.” It was organized by Caritas Sri Lanka in collaboration with Caritas Kurunegala – Janasetha, Caritas Anuradhapura – Sethsaviya and Caritas Batticaloa – EHED. The main event which took place at Hotel Indoora had many colorful cultural items and informative talks given by eminent speakers from India and Sri Lanka on the importance of organic farming and the ill-effects of the use of agro-chemicals.