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|Two classrooms were constructed at St. Matthew’s Bilingual school, Deniyaya declared opened by Bishop of Galle
|Medical Assistance for most needy Children under the Caritas Korea Education Project
|Provide Educational Materials for schools
|Celebration of World Children’s Day and Distribution of Food Packs “Inclusive for every Child”
The World Children’s day was celebrated at Andaragasyaya Primary School in Hambantota District under Caritas Korean Primary Education Development Project.
|Distributed chicks to the farmers in the Southern Province
Distributed chicks to the farmers in the District's of Galle, Matara & Hambantota.
|Fruit Tree Planting Program at Hambantota
Fruit Tree planting program in conjunction with religious harmony program at Hambantota.
|Providing of financial support for construction ten new toilets
Providing of financial support for construction ten new toilets for selected of 10 vulnerable families at Patna in Deniyaya.
|Suwa Dekma 2023 Local Foods & Ayurvedic Exhibition
“Suwa Dekma” a Local Foods and Ayurvedic Exhibition was held at Divisional Secretary’s Office premises, Weligama on 11th December 2023 (from 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM). This exhibition was organized by Caritas SED Galle in collaboration with the Divisional Secretary’s Office, Weligama, Agrarian Centre Mirissa, Department of Ayurveda of Southern Province and “Sithamu” Women Agricultural Societies.
|Health and Hygienic awareness programme for school at Suriyawawa
Health and Hygienic awareness programme for school children at Nabadagawewa National School in Suriyawewa.
|Tissa lake and city cleanup campaign at Tissamaharama
Tissa lake and city cleanup campaign held on 30th November 2023, collaboration with Janadipathi Collage ,Tissamaharama Divisional Secretariat and Pradeshiya Sabha and Trade union.
|Health and hygienic awareness programme for school children at Deniyaya
Health and hygienic awareness programme for school children at Handford tamil maha viddalaya and Aninkanda Tamil viddalaya.
|Rev. Fr. Director Caritas SED Galle at Wanigasiri Primary School
|Skill Development Programme for Search, Rescue and Disaster Preparedness under the Project “ Enhancing Resilience of the Victims of the Economic Crisis in Sri Lanka, MISEREOR 322 900 1152 ZG
The invited guests were thereafter welcome and proceeded to the Auditorium for the inauguration ceremony. After religious observations, Very Rev. Fr. Charles Hewawasam (Vicar General - Diocese of Galle), Rev. Fr. Luke Nelson Perera, National Director of Caritas Sri Lanka SEDEC, Mr K.P.G.Sumith (Additional GA, Hambantota) and Mr N.W. Udayakumara, Manager (Manager in charge of Tele Cinema Village) spoke on this occasion. Miss Evanjalina Sampathwaduge (Programme Officer, DRRM Unit, Caritas Sri Lanka also emphasized the value and importance of disaster management training in today’s context and requested all to participate with dedication as DRRM Unit at National Centre is always ready and well prepared to guide and assist you to proactively prepare our communities, making them more resilient and ready to face these disasters.
|Commemoration of Malayagam 200 Under the Project “ Lighting the Lives of the Plantation People”
Caritas SED Galle along with CODESEP who work for the betterment of plantation community in Galle Diocese, organized a Ceremony named “Malayagam 200” in Deniyaya on 20th August 2023 to commemorate 200 years since the arrival of Sri Lankan Plantation community (known as persons of Indian Origin) who have been brought to Sri Lanka by the British to work as labour on estates. This commemoration was organized under the Project “Lighting the Lives of the Plantation People”.
|Attitude Development, Leadership and Counselling Training Programme at Tissamaharama
Attitude Development, Leadership and Counselling Training Programme on Teachers for President junior School in Tissamaharama (Hambantota District ) under the Misereor DRR Project.
|Board of Directors’ Meeting held at Caritas SED Galle
A Board of Directors’ meeting of Caritas Sri Lanka (SEDEC) was held at Caritas SED Galle Staff Room on 26th August 2023. It was a truly a memorable occasion as it was the first time a Board of Directors’ Meeting was facilitated at Caritas SED Galle.
|An Origami Programme at Hambantota
This Programme was held at Nadiganwila Primary School with the participation of students sitting for 5th Year Scholarship Examination this year from Nadiganwila, Andaragayaya, Kirindagama and Abeysekeragama Primary Schools in Hambantota District. Students of Grade 4 from Nadiganwila School also participated as this programme was held at Nadigamwila.
Teachers and parents of these students also took part in this Programme.
|Caritas Response to combat Malnutrition in Program Villages
A number of nutritional awareness programmes were conducted by these Community Medical Officers attached to the Provincial Department of Ayuveda in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka targeting mostly pre-school children of pre-schools, their mothers and families in villages where we conduct food security related activities with the objective of improving their nutrition levels. These nutrition related prorgammes were conducted in collaboration with Caritas SED Galle.
|Improvement of Quality of Paddy Seeds to increase Rice Production of Paddy Lands in Hambantota District
We are most grateful to Mr Gerard Chitty of Irasil Foundaiton of Australia for granting financial assistance to improve the quality of paddy seeds to increase rice production of paddy lands in Hambantota District in Sri Lanka.
We have identified many issues in relation to agriculture especially in paddy farming. One main issue is Inadequate income to cover expenditure due to increase in agricultural input prices. Due to the present economic crisis, inability to purchase high-quality seeds has resulted in the decline of yield significantly. The service charges of tractors and harvesters have also increased three times due to increase in fuel cost. Falling prices of paddy at harvest time, exploitation due to monopoly by large-scale traders and increase in wages for workers are some of other issues faced by farmers.
|Installation of Water Filtration Units for many Schools
The lack of clean drinking water is a persistent issue in many of the schools in Hambantota District in Sri Lanka. The water supplied to schools at present is unfit for drinking purposes due to its high salinity level.
Caritas Humanitarian Aid & Relief Initiatives, Singapore (CHARIS) came forward to assist the students of most remote villages who are from most poor and vulnerable families to have access to clean and purified drinking water facilities. As a sustainable solution, a number of Water filtration units were installed in three such schools namely Samanalagama Primary School, Hedawinna Primary School and Andaagasyaya Primary School. The students and teachers are very thankful to CHARIS Organization as now they enjoy clean and purified water.
|Production of Vermicompost (worm manure)
A Training Programme on production of vermicompost (worm manure) was conducted on
3rd May 2023 by Mr Rasika Rukshan ( one of the very experienced farmers in Hiyare who has
achieved a remarkable success in producing vermicompost). This programme was conducted
at a model farm belonging to Mr Kalinga at Kanampitiya . A total of 40 Members of Arunalu
Agrcultural Society, farmers in and around Kanampitiya participated at this programme
organized by Caritas SED Galle.
|Career guidance & Leadership training workshop for youth
Career guidance & Leadership training workshop for youth under the conflict mitigation project.
|Distribution of Dry Ration Nutrition Packs & Model Question Papers
Caritas SED Galle distributed Dry Ration Nutrition Packs and Model Question Papers to students who are due to sit for 5th-year scholarship examinations in the year 2023 from 05 Primary Schools ( 32 students at Nadigamwila Primary School, 54 students at Andaragasaya Primary School, 22 students at Kirindagama Primary School, 16 students at Abeysekaragama Primary School and 39 students at Wanigasiri Primary School totaling to 163 students on 28th April 2023 under Caritas Korean Primary Education Development Project.
|Model Home Garden at Caritas SED Galle Premises
We have established a Model Home Garden at Caritas SED Galle Premises as a Production Model .
This Model Home Garden has now become a well-developed Home Garden. This was developed
under the Food Security Project (Addressing Causes for Poverty and Ensuring Food Security
Security for Farming Communities in Sri Lanka) funded by Caritas Norway/NORAD.
|Awareness Training Programme for Zero Budget Farming
Awareness Training Programme for zero Budget Farming,Traditional Seeds Protection and Eco Frendly Family Garden Development at Mahagalwewa,Koswatta, Patna and Beminiyanwila VLEGs on Environment Project.
|Partnership Programme with University of Colombo at Weligatta
The Project of “Addressing Causes for Poverty and Ensuring Food Security for Farming Communities” funded by Caritas Norway is being implemented by Caritas SED Galle to establish 2000 Home gardens in Galle, Matara and Hambantota Districts. The Home Vegetable Garden Program seeks to increase access to healthy food for low income residents through establishing home gardens and providing one on one garden support at family homes, Community Knowledge Centers, Schools and Religious Institutions. Program participants are provided free seedlings, seeds, and other necessary tools and supplies as well. As necessary trainings, home gardening provide participants with opportunities to build resilience through increased community engagement, opportunities for inter-generational experience and improvements in their health from exercise and increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
|Caritas SED Galle too join Caritas Sri Lanka and other DCs in marking 4th anniversary of Easter Sunday terror attacks
All Parishes in the Diocese of Galle too commemorated the Easter Sunday attack on 21st April 2023 by candlelight vigils, prayer services, marches and displaying banners in the three districts of Galle, Matara & Hambantota. Banners were displayed in three languages (English, Sinhala and Tamil).
|A Computer Learning Center at CODESEP
A special new unit was declared open to learn computers at CODESEP on the 10th February 2023.
|Distribution of Food pack for selected 45 needy families in Ambalantota DS Division
Distribution of Food pack for selected 45 needy families in Ambalantota DS Division under Mesereor DRR Project
|International Womens Day celebration at Hambantota
International womens day celebration programme at Hambantota.