Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Scout Build’ to Empower Young Leaders in Sri Lanka

Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Scout Build’ to Empower Young Leaders in Sri Lanka

Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Scout Build’ to Empower Young Leaders in Sri Lanka

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka (HFHSL) in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Scouts Association (SLSA) conducted its inaugural ‘Scout Build’, in an initiative to foster volunteerism and empower Scouts to become young leaders in Sri Lanka. More than 200 local Boy and Girl Scouts participated in the Scout Build held on the 24th and 25th of February, 2017 in the Village of Kalugala, Aranayake. The Scout Build was held as part of the Asia-Pacific Regional Campaign known as ‘Habitat Young Leaders Build’ that engages young people to volunteer, fundraise and lend their voices to the need for decent housing.

The Scout Build is an extension of the global partnership between Habitat for Humanity International and the World Scout Movement. A Memorandum of Understanding between HFHSL and SLSA was ceremoniously signed by Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnam, National Director of HFHSL and Mr. Janaprith Fernando, Attorney-at-Law and Deputy Chief Commissioner of SLSA, in celebration of World Scout Day and founder, Lord Baden Powell’s 160th Birth Anniversary globally celebrated on the 22nd of February 2017.

 

This volunteer build initiative in partnership with SLSA enabled volunteers to contribute their time and unskilled labour towards the construction of nearly 40 houses currently being constructed in Aranayake for victims of landslides – part of HFHSL’s Kegalle Housing Project. (A Disaster Response project aimed at building more than 80 houses for victims of landslides caused by Cyclone Roanu last May in Aranayake, Yatiyatota and Deraniyagala in the Kegalle District).

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka’s National Director, Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnam said, “The Scouts Build is one of the many initiatives we will roll out this year that will help develop and build leadership amongst the youth in Sri Lanka. Scouting Associations across Asia are seeking stronger links with Habitat for Humanity under the Messengers of Peace vision. We believe the collective strengths and vision of both organizations – the Scouting principles around ‘service to others’ and Habitat’s vision of ‘a world where everyone has a decent place to live’ – can make a dramatic impact in building houses, building hope, and building communities”.

Sharing his volunteer experience at the Scout Build in Aranayake, Piyumal Madushanka Jayatissa (18) commented, “This was a life changing two-day experience. I have never had the opportunity to be part of such a unique project where we can contribute our time, energy and unskilled labour to build a home for someone in need. To me, this is what it truly means to be a Scout –to be of service to others – and I hope I will have more opportunities to volunteer in the future”.

 

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka hopes to take this partnership with the World Scout Movement further by exploring the possibility of hosting an International Scout Build in 2018/2019 where international Scout volunteer teams will also be invited to volunteer in Sri Lanka.

 

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In Sri Lanka, since 1995 Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 23,000 families to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit www.hfhsl.org or follow www.facebook.com/hfhsl

 

For further information please contact:

Melissa Jayasuriya

Manager, Corporate Relations & Resource Development

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka

+94 773340971 | melissa@hfhsl.org

European Union-funded housing project

European Union-funded housing project

European Union-funded housing project commences in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa

2,455 families to benefit from the house building component of a Euro 14 million grant

His Excellency Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, being welcomed by the homeowners at the project site in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka.

 

Left to Right: Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnam – National Director, HFHSL, Asst. director of planning – Karachchi DS, Mr. Jude Perera – World Vision Lanka, Mr. Arumainayagam – Government Agent , Kilinochchi,  H.E. Tung Lai Margue,  Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the EU to  Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Mr. Ernesto Castro-Gracia – Director, Regional Programs, Habitat for Humanity International Asia Pacific Office

Date: 16th February 2017
Location: Maruthanagar GN, Karachchi DS, Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka
Photo credits: Christian Sujith

COLOMBO, 18 February 2017 ─ More than 215, 000 people will benefit from a Euro 14 million multi-faceted housing project, financed by the European Union (EU), and implemented by Habitat for Humanity and World Vision Lanka.

Speaking during the opening 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”.

His Excellency Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, laying the foundation stones for houses to be constructed under the EU funded project “Homes not houses: Building sustainable future” in Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka

Left to Right: Mrs. Ledsumanan Thanaledsumy (beneficiary), H.E. Tung-Lai Margue Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives and Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnam, National Director HFHSL

Date                 : 16th February 2017
Location           : Maruthanagar GN, Karachchi DS, Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka
Photo credits    : Christian Sujith

The project, which bridges the gap between relief, rehabilitation and development, aims to build 2,315 houses and repair 140 homes in 31 divisions across Batticaloa, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu by early 2020. It utilises alternative materials and techniques to reduce constructions costs, while ensuring decent housing, and to encourage the use and production of locally manufactured earth blocks and construction materials.

“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.

Beneficiaries of the EU funded project “Homes not houses: Building sustainable future”, handing over the foundation stone of their future home to His Excellency Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, in Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka

Date                 : 17th February 2017
Location           : Suthanthirapuran GN, Puthukudiyuruppu DS, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka
Photo credits    : Christian Sujith

The project activities include:

  • Access to permanent housing including houses built with innovative materials (compressed stabilized 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.
  • 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 organizations, supporting disaster risk reduction, peace building and gender equity.

His Excellency Tung-Lai Margue, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives meeting a beneficiary family of the EU funded project “Homes not houses: Building sustainable future”, in Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka

Date                 : 17th February 2017
Location           : Suthanthirapuran GN, Puthukudiyuruppu DS, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka
Photo credits    : Christian Sujith

Commenting, on this endeavor, National Director of World Vision Lanka, Dhanan Senathirajah, said “We are proud to be associated with this project. One of the main strengths of World Vision Lanka is its community engagement and livelihood development expertise. I believe our interventions in this sphere will be key to transform houses into happy and stable homes.”