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Caritas SED Galle initiated its social and development services in the south in the year 1978, the services of the organization was restricted with its limited human resources, capacity and infrastructure facilities.
The incident that took place on the 26th December, 2004 i.e. tsunami devastation changed the existing systems and was linked SED Galle with other sister Caritas agencies in the island as well as with the international Caritas sister agencies. Since then SED Galle as a service providing organization has reinforced the capacity in working with Caritas Sri Lanka with the support of the Caritas International, to develop an integrated program which addresses the physical and psychosocial needs of the tsunami affected people.
The enhancement of SED Galle’s physical resources as well as the human resources was felt very significant. The necessary measures were taken to build the capacity of SED Galle with the support of Caritas Sri Lanka and the expatriates who were representing the Caritas International soon after the tsunami. The two sub offices for the Districts of Matara and Hambantota under the management of Galle District as well as Provincial office were established to respond to emergency and rehabilitation needs of the tsunami affected people. Catholic relief service of America was assigned as the facilitating partner of the Diocese of Galle in the District of Galle and Hambantota while Caritas Belgium was assigned to the District of Matara. The necessary need assessments were conducted thus the areas of works were identified and prioritized and new qualified staff was recruited together with the existing seven staff.
The new staff were assigned to various departments and each department was supported by an expert expatriate as an advisor for Shelter, Programming, Finance, Procurement and Logistics and the organization built its capacity by developing into various operational departments. A Base Manager representing expatriates from CRS was working hand-in-hand with the SED Galle Provincial Coordinator who were answerable to the Director and who is answerable to the Bishop of the Diocese.
With the intervention of International Caritas agencies the local names of the Diocesan Centres including Galle was came under the umbrella of Caritas network and started to name SED Galle as Caritas SED Galle.
The Caritas SED Galle developed its operational manuals, policies and set up standards for Finance, Procurement & Logistics, Programming, Construction and Human Resource Management for the better implementation of the programs to achieve organizational objectives.