‘Janasetha’ Caritas Kurunegala is a Social Arm of the Catholic Church established in the year 1987 for the benefit of mankind especially for the economically and socially backward rural people. Over the past 27 years, we have worked to identify and meet the needs and aspirations of the rural poor through participatory approaches for development in 30 villages all over the Diocese as facilitation organization. Main thrust area of the organization is social, education, economical development of neglected women and children of most backward communities and minorities through organizing the women in to groups and federation; provided varies, training, exposure and workshops on leadership, decision-making, free legal aid, PRIs strengthening and improving the women involvement in the process of empowerment at all levels, gender, political involvement, economic generation activities etc. For Child integrated development organizational implemented pre-schools, nonformal education, Fellowship programme, and Bridge Schools for rehabilitation of neglected children. Lobby and Advocacy programme of campaigns, street plays, have been conducted to pressurise the government and public for implementation of child related bills and acts effectively. Environmental education, awareness and up-gradation programme also been focused during these years through implementation of watershed programme, Sustainable agriculture promotion programme, tanks rejuvenation, ground water rechargement, natural resource management programme. These projects have developed the good impacts in improvement of bio-diversity enrichment and vegetation development. Helping to improve the lives of those with the genetic disorder here in Sri Lanka, the Janasetha Kurunegala has partnered with the Thalassaemia National Centre in Kurunegala since 2003. We discovered that these children were very talented. We gave them all sorts of creative material and their artwork drew in a huge crowd of about 1,500 to 1,600 people for the exhibition, Painted Dreams. ” JanasethaKurunegala, focus to spread awareness about the hereditary disorder though community and youth actions, “We wanted a paradigm shift this time,” Director Says, explaining how the children and youth are talented in so many ways that the Janasetha wanted to give them the opportunity to show others what they are capable of as well as providing them with the opportunity to shine. Further he explained that in 2007 and 2008, the Caritas Janasetha was able to raise enough funds to purchase Iron Extraction Pumps from Caritas International which was a long needed necessity for the treatment of the patients.
Our Core Values
01. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
In a world warped by materialism and declining respect for human life, the Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. Our belief in the sanctity of human life and the inherent dignity of the human person is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching. In our society, human life is under direct attack from abortion and assisted suicide. The value of human life is being threatened by increasing use of the death penalty. The dignity of life is undermined when the creation of human life is reduced to the manufacture of a product, as in human cloning or proposals for genetic engineering to create "perfect" human beings. We believe that every person is precious, that people are more important than things, and that the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person.
02. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
In a global culture driven by excessive individualism, our tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society, in economics and politics, in law and policy, directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. The family is the central social institution that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. While our society often exalts individualism, the Catholic tradition teaches that human beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Our Church teaches that the role of government and other institutions is to protect human life and human dignity and promote the common good.
3. Rights and Responsibilities
In a world where some speak mostly of "rights" and others mostly of "responsibilities," the Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities, to one another, to our families, and to the larger society. While public debate in our nation is often divided between those who focus on personal responsibility and those who focus on social responsibilities, our tradition insists that both are necessary.
04. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
In a world characterized by growing prosperity for some and pervasive poverty for others, Catholic teaching proclaims that a basic moral test is how our most vulnerable members are faring. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and instructs us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first. 05. Solidarity
Our culture is tempted to turn inward, becoming indifferent and sometimes isolationist in the face of international responsibilities. Catholic social teaching proclaims that we are our brothers' and sisters' keepers, wherever they live. We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. Learning to practice the virtue of solidarity means learning that "loving our neighbor" has global dimensions in an interdependent world.
06. Care for God's Creation
On a planet conflicted over environmental issues, the Catholic tradition insists that we show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan; it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
This teaching is a complex and nuanced tradition with many other important elements. Principles like "subsidiarity" and the "common good" outline the advantages and limitations of markets, the responsibilities and limits of government, and the essential roles of voluntary associations. There will be legitimate differences and debate over how these challenging moral principles are applied in concrete situations. Differing prudential judgments on specifics cannot be allowed, however, to obscure the need for every Catholic to know and apply these principles in family, economic, and community life.