Caritas Kandy (SETIK) and the Catholic Commission for Migrants’ (Diocese of Kandy) joined their hands together to commemorate the Universal Migrants Day on 17th December 2011. It was held at Caritas Kandy (SETIK) auditorium from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm.
The Chairman of our Institution and the Bishop of Kandy Diocese, Most Rev. Dr. Vianney Fernando was the chief guest of the ceremony. The objective of the programme was to safeguard the rights of the children and enlighten the public about the miserable life of the children, due to the migration of their mothers.
Honorable District Secretariat-Kandy and the Senior Superintendent of Police-Gampola police addressed the gathering about the miserable life of children after the migration of their mothers.
In addition, we distributed certificates to the winners of a Debate Competition conducted in connection with the Universal Migrant Day 2011. Finally, the gathering of Migrant Returnees displayed their products in a fair and were able to sell them to the participants.
Let us consider the Migrants as equal citizens of our country.
During the past, we provided Counselling services to the victims in various levels in the Central Province, as per the complaints received by Human Rights, Eradication of Child Labour and Migrants’ units of our organization. Counselling services were provided continuously to those who were suffering from mental depression in the rural and plantation areas in the Central Province, under the counselling programmes implemented by various units in our organization. We felt the urgent need of a permanent centre for counselling services. With this intention, we commenced a permanent counselling centre affiliated to Psycho-social counselling programme.
Accordingly, a new counselling centre under the name of ‘Sahan Sevana’ was declared open by Very Rev. Fr. Milroy Fonseka, the Vicar General of the Diocese, on 03rd of May 2011. On this occasion, Rev. Fr. Camillus D. Jansz, the Director-SETIK, explained the objectives and the need of this centre. Dr. Saman Gamage of the Mental Health unit of the Katugastota Hospital who participated at our opening ceremony, promised to extend the services of this unit to our counselling centre.
Medical Officer of Katugastota Mental Health Resource Centre, four medical officers attached to Teaching hospital, Kandy & Peradeniya were also present on this occasion.This counselling centre is being operated by our organization, and these services are rendered by a group of experienced and trained counsellors.