The International Youth Day was organized on 24th September 2011 at the ‘SETIK’ Auditorium, Kandy. Over 300 members from youth organizations in the rural and plantation areas in the Central Province attended this programme. Much attention was drawn to the dignity, equality, openness, duties and responsibilities of youth.
Rev. Fr. Camillus Jansz, Director of ‘SETIK’ Organization and Director Migrant’s Commission, Rev. Fr. Roy Clarence, who were present at this programme also expressed their views. The programme was followed by a cultural event.
The International Migrants’ Day which falls on the 18th of December, was commemorated on the 08th of December from 09.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. at the SETIK Auditorium………..
Venereal Diseases due to Migration” – Mr. Rathnayake-Lecturer, University of Peradeniya
Kafala Law” in the Middle East Countries – Mrs. Shyamali Ranaraja- Attorney-at-Law, Advisor I.L.O.
Prevention of Women from Migration who have children below five (05) years – Mrs. Utthara Rupasinghe – Legal Advisor, “SETIK”
A programme for the migrant returnees and their children under the topic of “Spiritual Healing” was conducted by Miss. Shashika Wijeratna – Asst. Psychosocial Counselor attached to Divisional Secretariat, Talatuoya.
Medals and certificates were distributed among the members of ‘Rakawarna Hawla’ ad the self-employment trainees. There was also an exhibition and fair of self-employment products declared open by Rev. Fr. Camillus D. Jansz, Director of ‘SETIK’ Organization, Kandy.
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.
The capacity building workshop for staff, under the CAFOD programme, was held at the SETIK Auditorium, Kandy, on the 30th of November 2012. Mr. Lalith Abeysinghe was the resource person of this workshop.
The staff members were enlightened about the planning tools (social map, climate chart, organization chart and nutrition chart) and provable analysis, with Tamil interpretation.
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.
The annual Christmas festival of the Rainbow children was celebrated in a grand scale on the 01st of December 2012. The Chief Guest of this celebration was Rev. Fr. Nandana Manatunga, the Director of Human Rights Office and the former Director or SETIK.
This was a good opportunity for the rainbow children of Rattota and Kandy to share the grandeur of Christmas.
As another social concern, we conducted a medical clinic at St. Anne’s Church hall, Hewaheta on the 11th of November 2012. Six medical officers and a Psycho-social counselling officer conducted this programme. About 300 participants received treatment from this medical clinics.
An awareness programme was conducted for 29 Grama Niladhari (officers) who serve within the Akurana Divisional Secretariat from 09.30 a.m. to 01.30 p.m. on 09th November 2012 at the Divisional Secretariat under the theme of “Safe Guarding the Rights and Dignity of Migrants’ and Integrate them into Sri Lankan Society”.
Mrs. Padmini Gunasekara, officer-in-charge of Foreign Employment Bureau, Kandy functioned as the resource person. Mr. Upali Dharmakeerthi represented our organization at this programme.
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.
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.