Not only do we build homes, we build communities. We advocate for fair and just housing policies, provide construction and financial literacy to families as well as address water, sanitation and hygiene needs. Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka works to lay the foundations for the future and create change that impacts generations.
1. House construction
HFH Sri Lanka builds, rehabilitates and repairs houses with the help of homeowners, skilled personnel, volunteer labor and financial and material donations.
A complete house is sized at 550 square feet. With two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, these houses are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs affordable. Smaller, “core” houses are also built to allow families to expand their homes incrementally.
Houses are constructed using both the owner driven approach, where the homeowner drives the construction process with technical support from HFH Sri Lanka, and the agency approach, where construction is driven by HFH Sri Lanka.
HFH Sri Lanka endeavors to employ environmentally friendly construction technologies and housing solutions and train beneficiaries in the use of these as well as in house life cycle management and maintenance.
2. Access to Safe Water, Adequate Sanitation and Proper Hygiene (WASH)
HFH Sri Lanka helps beneficiaries gain access to clean water, adequate sanitation and proper hygiene through the construction and repair of water and sanitation facilities and the provision of WaSH training in communities.
3. Sustainability : Environmental and energy-saving initiatives
Since 2001, HFH Sri Lanka has trained 2,000 households in the use of solar cookers. HFH Sri Lanka has also distributed seedlings of trees such as teak, mahogany, jack and tumbuk to families. With fruit and vegetable seeds given by HFH Sri Lanka, families can start home gardens which yield produce to supplement their food intake and reduce expenses.
4. Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
Transitional shelters and core houses are provided to people affected by disasters. HFH Sri Lanka’s largest disaster response program involves the construction of homes for the war affected internally displaced people in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the nation.