About Hudec


HUDEC-Caritas was established in 1972 by the late Bishop of Jaffna Rt. Rev. Dr. B. Deogupillai ably assisted by

Rev. Fr. J.B. Thevaraja to manage an emergency situation at a time when the displaced came from the South due to ethnic violence. Immediate assistance in meeting basic needs and long term ‘settlement’ programmes were initiated.


Over three decades HUDEC-Caritas expanded activities to function as the social arm of the Jaffna Diocese under the Bishop of Jaffna, geographically covering the Districts of Jaffna (including off-shore Islands), Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, and the latter two districts known as the Vanni.


HUDEC-Caritas is a partner organisation of SEDEC (Social & Economic Development) Caritas – Sri Lanka, which is the main body of Caritas Organisations in Sri Lanka; which networks with 13 sister organisations of Caritas in each dioceses


We work with INGOO (International Non Government Organisations), LNGOO (Local Non Government Organisations) and Ministry of Relief & Rehabilitation of the Government of Sri Lanka).


HUDEC-Caritas mainly depends on the partner organisations/ funding agencies for the implementation of the projects or programmes, as it has not fund on its own. The total number of permanent staff in Jaffna & Vanni are 96. We carryout the work through our networking system of parish level, and local government officials (known as Grama Sevakar - GS), by the field staff, animators, peace animators, co-ordinators, youths, village people (on volunteer basis) and we reach the grass-root level people.

Our History

Oru Vision

Identify current social realities and challenges and discern active, practical response by the church, based on faith reflection, values of the Gospel and Kingdom of God as an integral part of the evangelisation. (Pope Paul the VI).

To broaden vision of being a true witness to God’s love.

Review mission of Caritas – Sri Lanka and encourage cohesive working relationship between the National and Diocesan centre.

Explore areas of collaboration with other church based and like-minded social action groups in search for alternate participatory development processes.


Formulate strategy to project the spirit of the great Jubilee;

Love, Reconciliation and Freedom to the oppressed in building a Just and Humane society in motivating and be with the poor and the oppressed to be aware and ‘take control’ for collective action for change for

-better human life

-Preservation of democracy, human rights and removes corruption in fellowship with other religious leaders.

-Empower women to play a more active role for social change.

-Campaign for peace through the parish ‘Justice and Peace Committees' with an inter-religious dimension.

-Peace animation at all levels.


Oru Mission


Monday to Friday - 8.30AM to 4.30PM


Saturday & Sunday - CLOSED


P.O.Box 159, Deogu Street,

No.14 Mathew’s Road, Jaffna, Sri Lanka


Phone: (+94) 021 222 7314, 3877

Fax : (+94) 021 222 8050

Email : hudec@sltnet.lk


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