The General Secretary of Caritas Norge,
Martha Rubiano Skretteberg and the Senior Adviser of the International
Department Mr. Aron Halfen invited H.E. Mr. Godfrey Cooray, Ambassador of Sri
Lanka to Norway, Finland and Iceland to the National Office of the Caritas
Norway on Wednesday, 12th August 2020. Caritas Norway has
been engaged with humanitarian and long term development in Sri Lanka for more
than thirty years. Caritas currently have a Food Security Programme that
covers twenty five districts in coordination with local and national
authorities in Sri Lanka.
During the meeting it was revealed that
annual funding of NOK 3,760,000 Million equal to SLRS. 77,646,967.73 has been
transferred to Caritas Sri Lanka for the Sri Lanka Food Security Programme for the
Further, the Religious Amity Programme
receives of NOK 2,050,000 (SLRS: 42,334,118.04) in 2020. There will
be an additional funding of NOK 1,250,000 (SLRS. 25,813,486.61) to be
transferred to Caritas Sri Lanka to implement the above mentioned
programmes. Both Programmes are approved by the relevant authorities in
Sri Lanka. Caritas Norway cooperates very well with the local government and
Caritas Norway was founded in 1952 by the
Catholic Church in Norway. Today Caritas is run as an independent
humanitarian foundation and help people in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin
The vision is a world without hunger and
extreme poverty where people can live in dignity. Caritas in Sri Lanka is
the social arm of the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka. The (SEDEC) the
social and Economic Development Centre founded in 1968 by Rev. Fr. Joe Fernando
a missionary priest who was motivated by the social teaching of the Catholic
Church and the need to serve the poor and marginalized sectors of society.
SEDEC is the social arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka and is
affiliated to Caritas Internationals. Caritas Sri Lanka, SEDEC, is also the
national secretariat of the National Catholic Commission for Justice, Peace and
Human Development. It has a countrywide network of 13 diocesan centres covering
all the districts of Sri Lanka.
Caritas Sri Lanka implements all the
programmes under the following main priorities:
Based Disaster preparedness such as drought resilience and food protection
farming under food security programme.
relief Programme for people affected by natural disasters such as floods,
cyclones and landslides.
Energy for the remote community and pre-school centres in view of improving
community involvement and education.
reconstructions and rehabilitation in the North, East and South through Housing
human development through the involvement of micro projects.
scholarships for deserving poor children.
of human dignity from the perspectives of different religions.