Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka Constructs 80 Homes in Kegalle District

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka Constructs 80 Homes in Kegalle District

Helping families achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter

In celebration of National Housing Day, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka (HFHSL) ceremoniously handed over 80 houses constructed for families affected by landslides in the Kegalle District on 14 June 2017 in Aranayake, Sri Lanka. This project was launched by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka in partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies in January 2017, as part of a Disaster Response initiative to assist families affected by Cyclone Roanu which struck Sri Lanka in May 2016.

In response to this disaster HFHSL launched the ‘Kegalle Housing Project’, estimated at nearly Eighty Million Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR 80,000,000) to construct homes for 80 families in the Divisional Secretariats of Aranayake, Deraniyagala and Yatiyantota. Providing safe housing solutions to more than 350 affected people, each completed house constructed through this project contained disaster resilient features recommended by the National Building and Research Organization (NBRO) and was 550 sq.ft in area consisting of two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen. Commenting on the project, HFHSL President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Lakshan Madurasinghe said, “At Habitat for Humanity, we believe that every Sri Lankan deserves a decent place to live. I am very proud of the impact Habitat Sri Lanka has been able to create through the Kegalle Housing Project.  In merely six months HFHSL has been able to help rebuild the lives of 80 families who lost their homes and livelihoods, which is indeed a great achievement. We are sincerely grateful to Alwaleed Philanthropies for their generosity and their support.”

Operating in Sri Lanka since 1995, Habitat for Humanity has supported more than 23,000 families by building and improving places they can call home. HFHSL is currently engaged in implementing a project funded by the European Union which aims to construct and repair nearly 2,400 houses in Batticaloa, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu by 2019. Additionally, HFHSL recently commenced the ‘Indian Housing Project’ to construct 100 homes for plantation workers in the Central and Uva Provinces by 2018 through a project funded by the Government of India. Apart from housing construction, Habitat Sri Lanka also helps families to build or repair water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities and provides WASH training in communities, and is currently supporting rural communities in the Matale District to gain access to safe drinking water and to construct adequate sanitation facilities.

As an organization dedicated to fostering volunteerism in Sri Lanka, Habitat for Humanity also offers numerous volunteer opportunities for Corporates, Schools and Organizations to volunteer their time and effort to help communities in need. HFHSL offers a unique volunteer experience –where volunteers are able to contribute their unskilled labour towards constructing homes at volunteer build events. One such build event was the ‘Women’s Build’, which was organized in celebration of International Women’s Day under the theme of “Women Empowering Women” where Sri Lankan women from all walks of life joined hands to raise funds and build homes for families in Yatiyantota. Additionally, a ‘Scout Build’ was held in February where more than 200 Boy and Girl Scouts participated in constructing homes for families affected by landslides in Aranayake. In 2017, HFHSL has also hosted more than 150 International volunteers through its Global Village volunteer program.

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka has launched a comprehensive disaster response plan in response to the floods and landslides caused by Cyclone Mora in May 2017. This project aims to assist the flood and landslide affected families in the Kalutara District through the provision of emergency shelter and sanitation solutions. In the recovery phase, Habitat will work with displaced families to construct permanent houses. Corporates, organizations or donors interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka’s work in communities across Sri Lanka are encouraged to follow www.facebook.com/hfhsl

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka commences housing project in Central Province funded by the Government of India

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka commences housing project in Central Province funded by the Government of India

COLOMBO, 03 June 2017 ─ As part of the Government of India’s commitment to construct 50,000 homes in Sri Lanka, the High Commission of India has launched a project to construct 4,000 homes for plantation workers in the Central and Uva Provinces. 1,134 of these homes will be constructed in the first phase of this project which was launched in 2016. Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is one of four implementing agencies involved and will undertake the construction of 100 homes in Hellboda Estate, Pussellawa in the District of Kandy, Sri Lanka.

Habitat for Humanity will focus on constructing 100 homes for plantation workers in the Central Province of Sri Lanka – commonly referred to as the Estate Sector. This housing project will particularly benefit 100 families residing in Hellboda Estate. The beneficiary selection was conducted 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 the estate management. 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.

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, being an organization with more than 22 years experience in the housing construction industry in Sri Lanka, previously partnered with the Government of India to construct homes for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) following the war in the North and Eastern Provinces in 2012. This enabled HFH Sri Lanka to assist nearly 3,700 families to construct their homes in Batticaloa and Trincomalee.

An inauguration ceremony to mark the laying of the foundation of the 100 houses project, implemented by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka was held on the 03rd of June in Pussellawa, Kandy. The inauguration ceremony was attended by His Excellency Taranjit Singh Sandhu (High Commissioner of India in Sri Lanka); Hon. P. Thigambaram M.P., (Minister of Hill Country New Villages, Infrastructure & Community Development) and Hon. V.S. Radhakrishnan, M.P., (State Minister of Education).

Commenting, on this endeavor, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, Dr. Dinesh Kanagaratnam, said “We are proud to be associated with this project. One of the main strengths of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is its expertise in housing construction and community development. I believe our contribution to the Indian Housing Project will be key to providing the plantation community with safe and decent homes.”