Thursday, June 18, 2009

Helping hands for our brothers and sisters in the war affected areas in Sri Lanka

The major challenge for Sri Lanka after the war; is providing meals, sanitation and shelter for the displaced people in the war affected areas.

SETIK was given an opportunity to carry this mission with the blessings and the fullest support of Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando - the Bishop of Kandy. With the help of all the Parish Priests and religious Sisters and civil people of the Diocese of Kandy, Setik collected dry rations, medicines and cash donations to support this affected people.

The Director of Setik - Rev. Fr. Camillus Jansz took the initiative to collect these items and cash from the donors of the Central Province and finally collected dray rations and cash donations wroth of Rs. 10,500,000.00. On 12th June 2009 the collected items and cash were handed over to the Sedec (Caritas Sri Lanka) and they took the responsibility to distribute them among suffering people.

We express our sincere gratitude to the Bishop of Kandy - who was always guiding us for all our good work at Setik. Meantime we thank all the Parish Priests, religious Sisters and for the civil people who encouraged us, contributing towards this humanitarian assistance.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Commemoration of World Day Against Child Labour - 2009

Setik organized an education programme to commemorate the World Day Against Child Labour on 13th June 2009 in Hatton.

This is a burning issue which is taking place in rural villages and in the plantation sector of the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Poor economic condition and parents un- education in rural areas and in the plantation sector are main reasons for this problem.

Our main objective of organizing this programme was to rescue the children from child labour and educate them on the importance of education. This programme was comprised with a street drama, a peaceful rally, a seminar and distribution of hand bills.

The street drama held at the public bus stand of Hatton and made the people aware about the issues of child labour and its negative outcome. The feed back of the viewers were very positive. The peace rally took place from Hatton town to St. Bosco College and the children carried posters and banners exhibiting the issues of child labour. The seminar started at St. Bosco College which was conducted by Mr. Manisekaram - the Coordinator of the Plantation Community Project. There were more than 100 children participate at the seminar and the participated children were given an opportunity to express their ideas on this issue.