Saturday, December 15, 2012
Our annual evaluation was carried out on the 10th and 11th of December 2012 at our Auditorium. Resource contribution was rendered by Mr. Sanath Fernando, an external evaluator on this occasion.
The evaluation was conducted by comparing the information obtained from our staff and the community in field level with the project objectives, aims and the activities.
Progress of each project was subjected to this evaluation. The resource contributor submitted the recommendations to be considered and followed during the forthcoming year.
Rev. Fr. Camillus D. Jansz and the staff members took part in this evaluation. The staff was able to review their past activities and to plan the forthcoming year successfully.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Thirty two members belong to the sixteen C.B.O's in Central Province and four staff members of the IHDP project took part in this exposure programme, held on the 25th, 26th and 27th of November 2012 in Jaffna Diocese.
On the 25th & 26th, the visitors were able to witness the historical places in Jaffna devastated by the 30 year war. After that, they were able to meet and share the bitter experience of the resettled refugees who were displaced during the war.
Later, they met the resettled people after being displaced due to war and shared their experience and they were able to realize the destruction caused to the human life. On the 26th, the visitors shared their living experience with the host by spending the night. This was arranged by Rev. Fr. Leo.
On the following day, they left Jaffna with firm fraternity and grief stricken mind. Further, the guests and the host had decided to continue their relationship.
On the 27th, our group took part in a religious observance at the Nagadeepa Viharaya and the temple. The devotion shown by the Rev. Fr. Director of HUDEC and Rev. Fr. Director of our organization should be very much appreciated.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
We conducted an exposure programme under the guidance of the National Centre (SEDEC), through Caritas EHED Batticaloa, in order to build Sustainable Peace and Reconciliation among the major communities, Sinhala and Tamil.
About 55 Sinhalese from Dambulla and Rotawewa areas visited 'Pawakkudichenai' and 'Ghanthi Puram' villages in the war torn areas of Batticaloa district and shared their living experience with the Tamils in their residences for three days.
These two communities jointly took part in a religious observance in the 'Santha Malai' Hindu temple and prayed for peace and harmony in the country and not to occur a war in future.
On the final day, the Sinhalese community extended an invitation to their Tamil counter parts to visit their area. This exposure programme immensely both communities to improve their unity and harmony.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
We commemorates the universal children's day which falls on the 01st October each year. This programme, with so many features was held at the Matale town hall on the 20th of October 2012 with the participation of about 300 person including parents, religious dignitaries, police officers and officials from the education department.
The first act of this programme was a walk from St. Thomas' Church hall, Matale to the Town hall, which included the parents and children who carried banners displaying children's problems and cruelties in order to enlighten the people and to take action to prevent them. This function took place in the from of a religious programme.
A discussion between the children and parents took place. The problems and cruelties faced by the children were reviewed and some problems faced by the children in Matale District were revealed. There was another discussion held among religious leaders, police officers and officers from other government institution, about the problems reveled from the previous discussion held between parents and children and action to be taken to get rid of this situation.
Before the conclusion of this programme, the participants emphasized the necessity of forcing the children to Sunday schools and to ban tuition classes on this day, to enable to lead the children for spiritual and moral development. A petition was signed in this regard, to be forwarded to the authority concerned.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Ms. Marlies Felfernig, the representative of DKA Austria for Sri Lanka, which provides financial aid to plantation and child labour units of our organization, paid a visit to the plantation areas in Matale and Nuwara Eliya and to our organization on 16th, 17th & 18th of October 2012 respectively, to review the progress achieved by the people, during the last two years and to discuss their future aid programmes. She said that she was very happy to learn the progress and changes in the plantation areas through the views of the community.
Monday, October 22, 2012
See; Links to Setik Programmes -"Our Youth Programmes" for more details
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
See; Links to Setik Programmes -"Our Human Rights Programmes" for more details
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Saturday, October 13, 2012
The Commemoration of the International Youth Day, was conducted as a seminar with the participation of youth leaders from the remote rural and plantation areas in the districts of Kandy, Matale, Nuwara Eliya and the youth groups in the parishes.
See; Links to Setik Programmes -"Our Youth Programmes" for more details
Thursday, October 11, 2012
After having a primary discussion with the SETIK staff, the delegation made a field inspection and directly involved with the project community at Graganguild estate in Kandy District and Magastota estate in Nuwara Eliya District.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
See; Links to Setik Programmes -"Our Children Programmes" for more details
Monday, October 1, 2012
Child abuses are rising rapidly in Sri Lankan society now. In order to address this issue, we conducted the psychosocial counselors forum at SETIK Auditorium on the 30th of August 2012, with the participation of 44 psychosocial counselors attached to various government institutions and non government organizations in the central province, with the theme of "the role of psychosocial field in eradicating children abuse".
A long discussion was held about the increasing incidents of child abuse in the central province and the responsibility of the parents to protect their children from offenders. A number of proposals was also placed before this forum.
The next sitting of this forum is due to be held at 10.00 a.m. on the 18th of October 2012 at the SETIK auditorium. All counselors who are keen on this subject are kindly requested to be present for this forum.
Friday, August 3, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
This Festival is celebrated in the countries in the South , South East and East Asian Region with different features based on the Sun’s journey towards the direction of North . This is being described as the dawn of the New Year . The Sinhala and the Tamil communities jointly celebrate this festival on the same day, in the middle of the month of April. In some areas in Sri Lanka, this festival celebrated in accordance with their Culture. According to historical records, celebration on this festival had commenced in AC 7-8 Centuries. An English Man named Robert Knox, who had been in the prison of the Kandyan King has described about this celebration in his book.
At Present, not only the ethnic group of Sinhala and Tamils, but also Muslims too has joined to celebrate this festival with this group.
However, within the diocese of Kandy, this is the only festival jointly celebrated by this group and this immensely contributes for the mutual trust and harmony among Sinhalese and Tamils. “SETIK” organization uses this traditional festival to enhance communal harmony among this group, by celebrating this festival under various projects in their fields. In some fields, this is being celebrated separately.
Under the Integral Human Development Project (Which Is Also The Main Project ) and the supplemental work Programmes, two main Celebration were held. One celebration was held at Rotawewa in Dambulla on the 20th of April 2012. People of Rotawewa, Batuyaya, Rathmalkatuwa, Etawarahena, Rotarygama, Bogahayaya, took part in this festival. Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims who belongs to Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity and Islam jointly celebrated this festival. They took part in various games depicting ethnic and religious harmony.
And a celebration was organized at the Wevelpitiya play ground jointly by the “SETIK” Community Based Organization at Mahaiyawa and the Kandy Municipal Council, on the 17th of May 2012. The special features of this celebration were fully organized by the Community Based Organization at Mahaiyawa, and the entire membership comprised of Tamils, belong to Hinduism and Christianity. Buddhist and Muslims too had joined to celebrate this festival. This festival has greatly contributed towards Peace, Unity and Harmony among this settlement. Attention of the other settlements in the municipal area has now been drawn to this exemplary celebration of the community of Mahaiyawa.
A fund raising programme was conducted for the construction of a Cancer treatment centre in Kandy during the Lenten Season (22-02-2012 to 08-04-2012), Vesak (5/6-05-2012) and at the annual Church Feast of Wahacotte (16/17-06-2012).
Kandy hospital committee and the Cancer society intend to collect Rs. One Billion for the construction of the proposed ten storeyed building.
On the request of Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of Kandy, and the guidance of Rev. Fr. Camillus D. Jansz, the Director of our organization, we organized a fund raising programme through all the Parishes in the Diocese of Kandy. Rs. One Million collected from all the parishes, was handed over to Dr. Susil Siriwardana, the Deputy Director of the General Hospital Kandy and Mr. Mohan Samarakoon, the Chairman, Cancer Society by Rt. Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando, the Bishop of Kandy on the 25th of June 2012.
The SETIK staff who engaged in this fund raising programme at the Dalada Maligawa premises during the 'Vesak' festival was able to raise an amount of about Rs. 350,000/-.
Every year, our organization conducts an awareness programme to the accumulated crowd during the annual feast of St. Anthony's Shrine, Wahacotte. This year, the crowed was enlightened on the deadly disease of Cancer, by distributing hand bills among the crowd, with the intention of raising funds for the proposed construction of a Cancer Treatment Centre in Kandy. During the two days (16th & 17th of June 2012), we were able to raise a donation of about Rs. 100,000/-, which was handed over to the Cancer society of Kandy.