“We Build Colombo Together (WBCT): Collective Impact as a Path to Inclusive Development”, an event jointly organized by the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) and Search for Common Ground (SFGC) was held on 16th January 2020. Bringing together State, Market and Community to improve urban wellbeing in Colombo, a community leader ID Card system and an Urban Development Program aimed at re-organizing the Community Development Council (CDC) network in Colombo were launched on the day. Mr. Yu Hwa Li, National Director of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka participated in a panel discussion, speaking on the importance of multi-sector partnerships in enhancing inclusivity and reducing exclusivity.
Gulzaar Ahmed – TIMUN Director/Co-Founder (Sri Lanka)
Model United Nations has always been a platform for young leaders to excel and rediscover their true potential. But the ever-rising question of how these students can be true agents of change by directly involving them in achieving the SDGs locally has never been addressed. This year at The International Model United Nations (TIMUN) we changed the outlook of contemporary Model UN in Sri Lanka by including a MUN Field Work, where students debated on a global issue addressing SDG 11 and moved out of the committee rooms to contribute to real change amidst their amazing resolutions.
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka truly acted as the pioneers in sparking the change in more than 100 delegates this year in providing our delegates an opportunity for being an agent of change. TIMUN’s partnership with Habitat Sri Lanka changed the lives of those visually impaired families at Katana and every stakeholder here at TIMUN.
TIMUN looks forward to working with Habitat in engaging more local and foreign delegates in creating change in the lives of many in the years to come. Thank you, Habitat, for being an eye opener to our students, and being one of our pillars of success.
Mandini Gunasekara- Fulbright Commission (Sri Lanka)
I volunteered at two events hosted by Habitat Sri Lanka so far. The first being Board, Family and Friends Build 2019 on the 15th of January, and the second being the Youth Rebuild 2019 on the 11th of March, both of which took place in Nayanalokagama, Negombo.
The events were organized perfectly. It was evident how much thought and care was put into the safety and comfort of the volunteers and the Habitat representatives were incredibly kind and helpful which made working with Habitat better than I could’ve ever imagined.
At the end of each event, a representative from the community of Nayanalokagama spoke a few words expressing how grateful they were for the work Habitat does for communities like theirs, which really brought to perspective how important projects like these are to the less privileged communities. Seeing the smiles on their faces as they thanked us for our hard work was truly heartwarming and rewarding.
Aysha Rifam -lImah International Girls School (Sri Lanka)
“Knowledge is of no use if it’s not put into action” and Habitat for Humanity did just that. It taught us unity, equality and most importantly respect. Working with my team was a wonderful experience and memory that will never fade.
As once said by Mahatma Gandhi: “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.” We are never satisfied with what we have instead we crave for more. But, that day, looking at the difficulty faced by so many families made me realize how self-centered we have all been. It taught me to be grateful for what I have been blessed with, and to help others with an open heart.
I think that’s where Habitat for Humanity really stands; it brought out humanity in every one of us. I would like to thank Habitat for Humanity for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. “It was a memory that would last forever and an experience that taught better.”