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.
The second stage of a project to support poor families to live a decent life in Kurunegala Diocese was held recently with the participation of 5 poor and marginalized families selected by Janasetha Caritas Kurunegala. They were given training on micro business planning as well as financial grants to start income generation projects using the know-how gained in the training workshop held from 31th August to 2st of September 2016. The project is supported by Caritas Slovenia.
Green Gold Harvesters is an initiative of Caritas Sri Lanka, with funding assistance from Misereor, a German Humanitarian Organization with the mandate of the German Catholic Bishops’ Conference for Development Cooperation. Under this project, named, “Empowerment of Green Gold Harvesters”, the plantation communities in the dioceses of Galle, Kandy, Badulla and Rathnapura are being assisted to gain inclusion into mainstream society and to have increased access to State services and benefits.
The third in a series of Reconciliation Day Programmes organized by Caritas Sri Lankan SEDEC was held in the Auditorium of Janasetha Caritas Kurunegala recently under the theme "Bringing Hearts and Minds together for National Reconciliation". The event was attended by 91 participants representing Village Peace Committees of Jaffna (Vanni), Kurunegala, Trincomalee, Chilaw and Colombo Dioceses. As in earlier events, participants from different religious and ethnic backgrounds came together for the two-day session held on 25th and 26th August 2016.
"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).
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.
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.
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