On February 23rd and 24th, Sajith Silva from Catholic Relief Services will visit our community to share stories of refugees returning home in his country, Sri Lanka.
Join us for mass (Saturday: 5:15pm or Sunday: 9am, 11am) and come hear Sajith’s talk on Sunday at 10am in the atrium.
Decades of civil war forced many to flee Sri Lanka. When the war ended in 2009, people returned to their villages and cities, unsure of what they would find. Although returning home should be a reason to rejoice, for many, being back meant starting from scratch—where they used to live, they found nothing but ruins; where they used to farm, they found landmines.
Sajith Silva’s desire to bring hope to vulnerable people brought him to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) two years ago. He is the Program Coordinator for the Assistive Devices Project, which offers services for people disabled due to the civil war, and loves interacting with people and sharing their stories. He lives in Kelaniya, a city approximately 6 miles from Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, with his wife, two children and in-laws.
Sajith can’t imagine his children not having a place to call home or being close to family. He believes it’s essential to help refugees and, if they wish, help them return to their country of origin and rebuild their own homes.
“We as the followers of Christ have a responsibility and commitment to help and empathize with refugees in their hour of need,” he says. “Only by doing so, can we heal this world.”