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Social Cohesion between Two Ethnic Groups

Social Cohesion between Two Ethnic Groups

The youth group in the diocese of Kandy engaged with the youth group of diocese of Batticaloa to create peace and reconciliation among the youths in the country.  So, a group of 55 youths in Kandy district joined for an exposure programme with the youths of Batticaloa.  One of the main features if this exposure programme is the Blood donation made to the blood bank in Batticaloa Hospital…………

 

Social Cohesion between Two Ethnic Groups

The youth unit of the ‘SETIK’ organization of Kandy has been formed under the theme of ‘violent free youth group’ accordingly, the central province is combined with Buddhists, Hindus, Christians and Muslims of the ethnic groups of Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims. The youth group in the diocese of Kandy is engaged with the youth group of ‘EHED’ organization in the diocese of Batticaloa to create peace and reconciliation among the youths in the country. So, a group of 55 youths in Kandy district joined for an exposure programme with the youths of Batticaloa on the 1st and 2nd of March 2013

One of the main features of this exposure programme is the Blood donation made to the blood bank in Batticaloa Hospital. The doctor in-charge of the hospital had told the visitors that they do not get sufficient blood to their blood bank. He had also told that the community does not show any interest to donate blood due to their mentality with the war.

At the beginning of this programme, the Bishop of Batticaloa, stated that programmes like blood donation could be utilized to create peace and reconciliation in the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural society.

 At this blood donation camp, 33 pints of blood was donated by the guests while the hosts donated 54 pints of blood. A youth of Batticaloa commenting on this programme said the fear and reluctance of donating blood has been removed with this programme.

Residential Computer Course

This training programme was held at the SETIK Auditorium, continuously for seven days, for which 24 youths (Sinhala & Tamil) participated.

The main objective of this training course is to provide an opportunity to the children of the poverty stricken families in the rural and plantation areas to enhance their computer knowledge, to enable them to secure suitable employment.

This training programme was not restricted only for computer field, this includes leadership, peace, unity and extra curricular activities.

This programme provided a good opportunity to the participants to improve inter-ethnic. inter-religious and inter-cultural harmony.

Building Sustainable Peace and Reconcilliation

The peace programme was held between our organization and the ‘EHED’ organization of Batticaloa, for three days (4th, 5th & 6th of February 2013). 45 Members of the Tamil community from Pawakuttichenai, Batticaloa joined this programme at Pelwehera in Dambulla.  Owing to this peace programme, the fear and suspicion of the Tamil community to come to this Sinhala area has been completely vanished.

Grama Niladhari of the area and the Police Officers of  Dambulla provided their fullest corporation to make this programme a success.

Residential Computer Course

The objective of this training course is to provide an opportunity to the children of the poverty stricken families in the rural and plantation areas to enhance their computer knowledge, to enable them to secure suitable employment………………..

SEMINARS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Seminars on Disaster Management, organized by our Youth unit, were conducted at the SETIK Auditorium, Kandy and SETIK Centre, Hatton on 19th & 20th and 25th & 26th January, respectively, under the following themes.
  • Difference between hazards and disasters
  • Identifying a disaster
  • Classification of disaster
  • Significance of team spirit in disaster situation
  • Disaster situations and defensive methods to be taken
The participants were enlightened about Lightening, Severe Drought, Landslides, Sudden Inflammation and Tsunami situations.

There were 34 participants for the seminar in Kandy and 38 participants for the seminar in Hatton. A disaster management group with 25 youths was formed from the seminar in Kandy.

 Mr. Ranaweera, the Director, Disaster Management Centre, Kandy and Mr. Amarasinghe Kalaldora of our Training unit functioned as Resource Persons at the Seminar in Kandy while Mr. Sivalingam from the Disaster Management Centre, Nuwara Eliya and Mr. Arulnesaraja of our organization, functioned as Resource persons at the Seminar in Hatton.

SEMINARS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Seminars on Disaster Management organized by our youth unit, were conducted at the SETIK Auditorium, Kandy and SETIK Centre, Hatton on 19th & 20th and 25th & 26th January respectively.

  • Difference between hazards and disasters
  • Identifying a disaster
  • Classification of disaster
  • Significance of team spirit in disaster situation
  • Disaster situation and defensive methods to be taken; were the themes of this programme.

Thambilideniya Water Project

Under the Integral Human Development project, the foundation for the “Jana Sisila” drinking water project, (funded by the Rotary Club of Colombo East) at Thambilideniya village in Matale District, was laid by Rev. Fr. Camillus D. Jansz, Director of Caritas Kandy (SETIK) amidst the blessings of religious dignitaries at the auspicious time on the 14th of January 2013.About 62 families will be benefited from this service, which is due to be extended to 262 families.

International Tea Day

We celebrated the International Tea Day for the Fifth consecutive year in a grand scale at the Parish Hall of Holy Cross Church, Hatton on the 10th of December 2012, with the theme “Let us raise our voice to gain our Housing and Land rights”………….