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 - October 2016

  • 12th – 14th October 2016 : A Skill Development programme for a group of around 50 participants made up of community leaders of Self Help Groups and Community Based Organizations in the Diocese of Galle, Kandy and Ratnapura will be held at Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC Auditorium, on Advocacy & Lobbying, Gender Sensitiveness and Communication Skills.

    This workshop, held under “ Promoting the Rights of Marginalized Estate Labour Communities” project is funded by USAID through SPICE Sri Lanka.
  • 16th – 17th October 2016 : “World Food Day” commemoration, organized by Caritas Sri Lanka will be held in Kurunegala in collaboration with Caritas Kurunegala - Janasetha, Caritas Anuradhapura - Sethsaviya and Caritas Batticaloa - EHED. The main event will be held at the Indoora Hotel, on 16th September with religious and political leaders, delegates from Caritas Norway, Hon. Minister of Agriculture, Government Officials, Professionals, farmers and other invitees.
  • On 17th September, a seminar on Sustainable Agricultural Techniques and their applications will be held at Janasetha Centre, Kurunegala for farmers. This project is funded by Caritas Norway with back-donor funding from NORAD( Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation). The global theme of this year’s event is "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too."
  • 27th October : An event to mark World Food Day 2016 will be held at S.A. Selvanayagam Hall, Batticaloa. It will be graced by the Bishop of Batticaloa, Rt. Rev. Dr. Joseph Ponnaiah.

Last Updated (Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:36)


Training on Advocacy and Lobbying

A training workshop to build the capacity and knowledge of the leaders of Community Based Organizations (CBOs) was held on 23rd September 2016 at Caritas Sri Lanka Auditorium under the project “Integral Human Development - Civic Dialogue and Cross-community Activities" for a group of 25 participants from the Dioceses of Colombo, Ratnapura, Trincomalee and Galle.

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Workshops on sustainable agriculture

Two training workshops on Sustainable Agricultural Farming Practices were held recently in Kurunegala and Batticaloa with the participation of lead farmers from all the Caritas Diocesan Centres. The workshops are part of a series of trainings being held over the past four years under a project supported by Caritas Norway with back-donor funding from NORAD. Especially in view of World Food Day which falls on 16th October, the Caritas workshops on organic farming are a timely contribution towards strengthening the notion of food security in the minds of the general public, and the farming community in particular.

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Livelihood Support Scheme

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.

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Strengthening Green Gold Harvesters

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.

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Caritas Reconciliation Day Programme in Kurunegala

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.

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"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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