Development Programmes fund by Caritas Norway

16-08-2020

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 year 2020.

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 extension services.

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 America.

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:

 

a)    Community Based Disaster preparedness such as drought resilience and food protection farming under food security programme.

 b)    Emergency relief Programme for people affected by natural disasters such as floods, cyclones and landslides.

c)    Solar Energy for the remote community and pre-school centres in view of improving community involvement and education.

d)    Assisting reconstructions and rehabilitation in the North, East and South through Housing livelihood creation.

e)    Integral human development through the involvement of micro projects.

f)     Educational scholarships for deserving poor children.

g)    Study of human dignity from the perspectives of different religions.