Homes not Houses:Building a Sustainable Future Together A project funded by:
The European Union funded housing project with a financial envelope of €14.7 Million, made further progress during this year. Launched in January 2016 and jointly implemented by Habitat for Humanity and World Vision Lanka, the project will benefit 215,000 people.
The inauguration ceremony of the EU project took place on 15th February 2017 in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, which was attended by the Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of the European Union (EU), H.E. Mr. Tung-Laï Margue.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of the European Union (EU), HE Tung-Laï Margue said, “I am hopeful that this project will assist in providing returnee families with not just homes and livelihood alternatives but also the necessary support to rebuild a life and a future for themselves. The goal has always been to turn the cycle of impoverishment and reliance to that of self-sufficiency, and I am encouraged to see that we are moving in the right direction through this initiative”.
The project, which intends to bridge the gap between relief, rehabilitation and development, aims to build 2,315 houses and repair 140 homes in 31 divisions for internally displaced persons and returnees across Batticaloa, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu District. In the year under review, the selection of beneficiaries was completed. Additionally, disbursements to the beneficiaries have been made and construction activities have duly commenced in the year under review.
Building on the growing focus on sustainability, Habitat for Humanity has contracted suppliers of alternate materials and techniques which will not only result in the use of locally manufactured earth blocks and construction materials, but will also promote sustainable construction methods and reduce construction costs.
“The project is aptly entitled ‘Homes not Houses’. Indeed we wish to see thriving communities that are self-sufficient, stable and strong, once our building work is done and we are long gone. Thanks to the focus of this funding from the European Union the project aims to boost the local economy by investing in earth-based technologies which are cost-effective and sustainable,” said Torre Nelson, Area Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is proud to be a key player in the implementation of this project which is very much aligned to our vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
• Access to permanent housing for people in the war-torn East of Sri Lanka.
• Homes built using sustainable and innovative materials such as compressed stabilised earth blocks and earth concrete blocks.
• Appropriate incremental building through microcredit to expand a home or create a place of business.
• “Flanking measures” relating to general livelihood support for families and communities such as vocational training in construction, training in appropriate building materials and methods, and forming and strengthening small and medium enterprises to be provided by World Vision Lanka.
• Training families in financial literacy including savings plans, microfinance and basics of business.
• Improved access to appropriate microfinance and management of debt.
• A more holistic approach of strengthening community-based organisations, supporting disaster risk reduction, peace building and gender equity.
Duration: 36 months, to be completed in 2019
• Contract signed: 7th December 2015
• Commencement: 15th January 2016
• Groundbreaking: 15th February 2017
• CSEB model house to be constructed in July 2017
Indian Housing Project
A project funded by:
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka has successfully completed the construction of 3,713 houses in Trincomalee and Batticaloa for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as part of the Indian Housing Project in 2016. Once again, our home-owner driven construction model witnessed a fulfilling partnership between the organization and the homeowners.
Consequent to the successful completion of this project, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Government to implement a housing project for 350 Plantation Sector workers in Sri Lanka. The High Commission of India will spearhead the project to construct 4,000 homes for plantation workers in the Central and Uva Provinces of the country. This project constitutes part of the Government of India’s commitment to construct 50,000 homes in Sri Lanka.
Habitat Sri Lanka in consultation with the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Hill Country, New Villages and Infrastructure and Community Development, local authorities, the Plantation Human Development Trust (PHDT) and estate management has commenced the process of constructing 100 homes for plantation workers in the Hellboda Estate, Pussellawa in the District of Kandy.
As part of this project 550 sq.ft. houses will be constructed for families under the accompanied home owner driven approach. This approach encourages homeowners to take ownership of their homes, with extensive orientation and training given on technical aspects and house lifecycle management. The participatory method of decision-making within this approach helps homeowners to develop their skills and self-reliance.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the project was held on 3rd June 2017 and was attended by the His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu (High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka), Hon. P. Thigambaram MP (Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development), Hon. Mano Ganesan MP (Minister of National Co-Existence Dialogue and Official Languages) and Hon. V.S. Radhakrishnan MP (State Minister of Education).
• First targeted project for estate workers handled by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka.
• Houses will be constructed according
to an innovative homeowner-driven model, wherein the Government of India, through its partners arranges technical support and financial assistance for the beneficiaries to undertake the construction of their homes themselves, encouraging homeowners to feel a sense of pride and ownership over their homes.
Duration: 24 months, to be completed by 2018
• Contract signed: 9th June 2016
• Groundbreaking: 3rd June 2017
• Planned Completion: June 2018
Disaster Response: Kegalle Housing Project
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka partnered with Alwaleed Philanthropies in an initiative to rebuild the lives of families affected by landslides caused by Cyclone Roanu, in May 2016. Together with the Government of Sri Lanka, District Secretariat of Kegalle and Divisional Secretaries of Aranayake, Yatiyantota and Deraniyagala, 80 families were identified as key beneficiaries for the rebuilding initiative.
Cyclone Roanu, which hit Sri Lanka early last year, caused severe flooding and landslides, resulting in
more than 200 deaths, and displacing close to 300,000 others. The estimated destruction and damage across Sri Lanka reached 250–280 billion (US$1.7–2 billion) in total, including the loss of homes and livelihoods.
Alwaleed Philanthropies has supported Habitat for Humanity’s work over the past years including the earthquakes in Ecuador, Japan and Nepal and a cyclone in Vanuatu. Alwaleed Philanthropies has come forward to support Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka’s initiative
by providing a LKR 80 Million (USD 545,200) grant to construct 80 homes for victims of the landslides. Alwaleed Philanthroies supports emergency and disaster relief and reponse worldwide, regardless of gender, race or religion, of the people affected bt the disaster. It is the philanthropic arm of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz of the Saudi Arabian Royal family.
A Memorandum of Understanding between Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and the Government of Sri Lanka’s agents in Aranayake and Yatiyantota was signed in December 2016. Through the Kegalle Housing Project, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka has pledged to construct 40 houses for the victims of landslides in Kalugala, Aranayake, 23 houses in Illukthenna Estate, Deraniyagala followed by the construction of 17 houses in Yatiyantota. The new houses will be stronger and better prepared for future disasters.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held in January 2017, and in a short span of just six months, the construction of all 80 houses was completed. Upon completion of this project, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka handed over these completed homes to the beneficiary families in Aranayake, Yatiyantota and Deraniyagala at a celebration to commemorate National Housing Day in
• Each completed house contained
disaster resilient features recommended
by the National Building and Research
• Each house was 550 sq. ft., in area
consisting of two bedrooms, a living room
and a kitchen.
– The houses in Yatiyantota were build inside
a Panawatte Estate – Rubber plantation (17)
– Deraniyagala houses were constructed
inside Illukktenna Estate -Tea plantation (23)