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CARITAS RATNAPURA SETHMINI
Diocese of Ratnapura, Sri Lanka.
(Affiliated to National Secretariat for Justice, Peace & Human Development Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ conference in Sri Lanka incorporated by Act of Parliament No 17 of 1983)
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VISION OF CARITAS SETHMINI
A community of people who live, promote & protect the gospel values of love, peace, unity, equality & respect for life.
MISSION OF CARITAS SETHMINI
To bring about an integrally developed human community in Sabaragamuwa through empowerment & solidarity.
   
   Caritas SETHMINI
  Caritas Sethmini, which operates under the guidance and direction of the Bishop of Ratnapura, is the social arm of the Catholic Diocese of Ratnapura. Our mission in the social field is based on the Gospel values in universal solidarity towards all the people in the diocese, irrespective of their religion or ethnicity. We are committed to uplift the needy and the marginalized, to create awareness for their self improvement, to promote peace and harmony among the different social groups and to reach out with assistance in times of disasters and emergencies. We are aiming at restoring the human dignity especially of the poor and marginalized communities by improving their socio- economic and spiritual status and at giving them access and control over the resources and the decision making process.

Caritas Sethmini covers the total area of Sabaragamuwa Province, inclusive of the two districts, namely, Ratnapura and Kegalle. The extent is 4968 sq. kms , with 28 divisional secretariat divisions, divided to 1148 grama niladari divisions ( lowest administrative unit of the government) for administrative and development purposes. Total number of villages is 3568. It has a population of 1.9 million people of which 86% is Sinhalese and the balance consists of Tamil, Muslims and others. 85% of the population is Buddhists and the balance is of Hindu, Catholic, Islamic and others.
               
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