Who we are
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is a Voluntary Social Services Organization whose mission is to provide decent and affordable housing to people living in poor conditions. A decent and secure home provides the foundation for health, education and employment. Families partnering with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka receive the hand up they need to break the cycle of poverty, build a better life and create a sustainable future. Now at the conclusion of our 23rd year of operations, we have helped 24,600 families make their housing dreams a reality. We thank our donors for their generous support.
The organization is duly registered under the Voluntary Social Services Organizations (Registration and Supervision) Act No. 31 of 1980, bearing Registration Number FL-93516 and registered under the Companies Act No. 07 of 2007 as a Guarantee Limited Company, with Registration Number GA 393 (Old No. N (A) 411) with its registered office at No. 42/14 Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka.
Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit housing organization which was founded in Georgia, United States in 1976. It is currently working in nearly 1,300 communities across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
At Habitat for Humanity, this is what unites us – the strong conviction that no matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. With a little help, Habitat homeowners are able to achieve the strength and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves and their families.
Habitat homeownership is not a free giveaway program, but a partnership in which future homeowners and their families are involved in all aspects of our mission. Families are given a hand-up, not a hand-out. Habitat uses the term “sweat equity” to refer to the hours of labor our homeowners dedicate to building their homes as well as the time they spend investing in their own self-improvement. Sweat equity is the single most important strategy Habitat uses to empower future homeowner families. Getting involved in the construction of their homes instills a sense of pride and ownership in homeowners.
Decent shelter provides the solid foundation for all of this. It’s the platform on which a family lives out today’s realities and prepares for tomorrow’s transformations. Through shelter we empower.