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Homeowner Impact Stories

Veeramathandapadi Perinparasa

Perinparasa, is a mother of 6 children and she works as a daily wage laborer in the nearby paddy fields in Kokkadichilai, Batticaloa. Her husband is a fisherman and spends most of his time at the coast of Batticaloa looking for work to provide for their family.

After the end of the civil war, Perinparasa’s family had no permanent place to call home and given their financial struggles, constructing a home of their own had remained a distant dream.

Being selected to receive a new home by Habitat for Humanity in 2016 through the ‘Homes not Houses Project’ funded by the European Union, this family’s dream of having a place to call home has finally become a reality. This home has provided a safe haven for Perinparasa’s children to grow and to create happy memories together, while having the necessary space and security to study and play.

Commenting on what a home means to her and her family, Perinparasa said that “a home is a place where a family can live happily together and feel safe no matter what problems come their way in life”.

Today, because Perinparasa’s family does not have to worry about the financial burden of constructing a home, her children are able to focus on their education and are now better equipped and empowered to find employment that matches their skills. Shyalini (20), Perinparasa’s eldest daughter has been empowered to break away from cultural norms of entering in to marriage at a young age and instead is very excited about finding employment at a reputable local garment factory. She believes this opportunity will enable her to broaden her horizons, while also being able to contribute to the household expenses and to help take care of her five younger siblings.

Sinnathamby Sathasram

Prior to shifting into their conventional home constructed by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka through the European Union funded housing project, Sinnathamby, his wife and four daughters lived with extended family and was gradually able to build a temporary shelter.

As a family, they faced many challenges to seek security during the war, but were fortunate enough to resettle in their own land, and in their own village once the war had ended. The head of the household; Sinnathamby at age 62; works as a daily wage laborer and remarked how difficult it was to build a home on his own, while also providing for his family. His eldest daughter, Dharshini aged 20 was blessed in marriage last year, and now he is supporting his younger daughters who are all going to school.

They are aged 17 (Usha), 13 (Tharani) and 12 (Nisha), and are eager to do well with their studies.Sinnathamby and his wife commented on how Habitat Sri Lanka and the EU team came together and helped them to regain control of their life, which was full of uncertainty.

They now have a safe lockable home that is able to give the essential sense of security for their daughters.