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CRS Asia delegation visits Sri Lanka

Mr. Greg Aubrey, Asia Regional Director of Catholic Relief Services (CRS-USA), along with Mr.Tony Castleman – South Asia Representative and Ms. Jomey Joseph - Head of Office in Chennai visited Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC on 2nd December 2016 and met with Rev Fr. Shanthi Kumar Weliwita, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka and other staff in the National Centre.

At the meeting, the delegates shared their thoughts on how CRS could assist in enhancing the organizational capacities available locally while at the same time building strong relationships between the two organizations in order to work together on future projects and position themselves as partners. They also discussed the importance of identifying core areas of partnership in the two organizations that will enhance the work carried out by Caritas Sri Lanka, especially the activities carried out with technical support extended by CRS in various aspects of programme implementation.

One of the initiatives supported by CRS during the past few years is an Internship Programme at Caritas Sri Lanka. Under this scheme, small batches of young people were trained in various aspects of the social apostolate and they received hands-on experience in the operations of a faith-based humanitarian organisation. This year, CRS signed an Agreement to enlist six more candidates for Internship in 2017.