Rev Fr. Lasantha Fonseka 

Director Caritas SED Galle


Caritas SED Galle is registered as a charitable organization working under the Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Sri Lanka and incorporated by the Act No 17 of 1983 of the Parliament of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.

Caritas SED Galle is the Diocesan Centre for Social and Economic Development of the Catholic Church in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka and is a member of Caritas Sri Lanka –SEDEC and who is a member of the Caritas Internationalist network which is a network of the Catholic Relief Development and Social Service Organizations working together to build a better world and as such is committed to promote the integral human development of the human person in accordance with the Vision and Mission of Caritas.

Caritas SED Galle (CSG) is also an expression of the concern of the Catholic Church (Diocese of Galle) in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka for Justice, Peace and Human Development. Its mission in the social field is based on the Gospel values and universal solidarity towards all the members of the society irrespective of religion or ethnicity.

Through the service rendered by Caritas SED Galle, the Catholic Church expresses its commitment to uplift the needy and the marginalized to create awareness for their self-improvement, to promote peace and harmony among the different groups and to reach out with help providing services in times of disaster and emergencies.

With the occurrence of unprecedented Tsunami destruction, Caritas SED Galle was among the first Aid Agencies to respond to the tsunami disaster in the Southern Province. Caritas SED Galle developed an integrated programme in order to address the physical, psychological needs of the tsunami affected. Significant components of the tsunami rebuilding program included immediate relief, temporary shelters and construction of new houses, education, psychosocial, water and sanitation, community infrastructure and capacity building of the tsunami affected. Caritas SED Galle constructed over 2000 new houses for them and repaired a large number of partially destroyed houses.

As Caritas SED Galle, we look forward to work with many other partners, donors and well- wishers with close relationship and commitments to bring happiness and hope to all those poor and vulnerable people who are with social injustice and inequality and give them a better tomorrow.

I, Fr Lasantha Fonseka, the Director of Caritas SED Galle wish to request your financial assistance and patronage to continue our humanitarian aids swiftly and efficiently to those in need in the future.

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Previous Directors:

• Rev Fr Dudley Attanayake - 1978
• Rev Fr Paul Fernando - 1983
• Rev Fr Damian Fernando - 1990
• Rev Fr Michael Rajendram - 1996
• Rev Fr Bernard Fernando - 1998
• Rev Fr Michael Rajendram - 1999
• Rev Fr Nihal Nanayakkara - 2001
• Rev Fr Raymond Wickremasinghe - 2002
• Rev Fr Herman Fernando - 2002
• Rev Fr Damian Arsakularatne - 2006
• Rev Fr Michael Rajendram - 2012
• Rev Fr Indika Anthony - 2017
• Rev Fr Lalith Fernando - 2017
• Rev Fr Herman Fernando - 2018
• Rev Fr Lasantha Fonseka - From 2022