Sponsor a home
Throughout the history of mankind, humans first instinct has been to create a comfortable abode for themselves and their families. This basic need is no less prevalent in Sri Lanka, but alas far too many people do not have the ability to achieve this for a whole array of reasons.
Too many people on this beautiful island live in sub standard accommodation. Structures that look nothing more than derelict remnants to the western eye, house families of ten. Running water, electricity, drainage and ventilation are a distant dream for these poor people.
People crammed into a building made of sheets and a ramshackle collection of plastics and asbestos, huddling around a dismal cooker, clogging the air with thick smoke, trying to bring their children up to believe in a better tomorrow. It is hard to believe in this when your clothes are sodden from rain pouring in through a roof littered with holes. When the stench of human excrement overpowers the faint aroma of boiled rice, while children attempt to do their studies by the faltering light of a fast fading candle.
40% of Sri Lankans live in a ‘house’ no bigger than a garage. Generations crammed together in one-room structures with no privacy or intimacy, a young child having to watch their elderly grand mother slowly die as they lie like sardines, awaiting daylight so they can be released from this living embodiment of hell.
Sponsor a Home gives people of all faiths and domination’s from around the globe with compassion and a desire to make Sri Lanka a better place the chance to do so. In a country so blessed with wondrous natural beauty, it is a gross injustice that so many people live like this. YOU can make a real difference.
How the Program Works
The world is made up of people, rich and poor, who are united by wanting to help others less fortunate than themselves. That is why at Habitat we have made it possible for anyone to contribute. What may seem like a token gesture in the developed world can have a huge effect in a developing nation such as Sri Lanka. At the other end of the scale we have the infrastructure to accommodate long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with corporate partners.
We have a dedicated team of friendly and knowledgeable sponsorship coordinators who can answer all your questions and advise you on how you can best make a contribution.
What you should know about HFHSL and Sponsoring a Home
- HFHSL works in partnership with families, building with and for them via affordable, non-profit, inflation-adjusted loans.
- Monthly payments from existing home owners go into HFHSL’s revolving fund which is used in turn, to build more homes.
- Families invest their own labour (sweat equity) into building the houses of fellow community members.
- Prospective beneficiaries are selected based on non-discriminatory set of criteria, which ensures that assistance is given to the most neediest families.
- Building costs are kept low by using locally sourced and Building Training Centre (BTC) manufactured materials as well as volunteer labor.
- Incremental housing is encouraged, starting with a simple ‘core’ house that meets all the basic necessities.
- Families continue to partner with HFHSL to improve on their home, as and when they are ready.
For more information
contact our sponsorship coordinator
Build Her Up
Women’s Build 2017 is part of Habitat for Humanity’s annual women empowerment campaign popularly known as “BuildHerUp”. The Women’s Build aims to engage volunteers and partners to address the challenges faced by women across Sri Lanka, by bringing together women from all walks of life to advocate for safe, secure and affordable housing. Funds raised through Women Build will be utilized to provide housing for families headed by women towards ensuring that they have decent, safe places to live.
Habitat for Humanity has operated in Sri Lanka since 1995, supporting families affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami and internally displaced people to secure decent shelter. Habitat has worldwide experience in responding to disasters such as Cyclone Winston in Fiji last year, the earthquakes in Nepal in 2015, and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013.
Transitional shelters and core houses are provided to people affected by disasters. HFH Sri Lanka’s largest disaster response program involves the construction of homes for the war affected internally displaced people in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the nation, as well as Hygiene Kits provided to families affected by the floods of May 2016 and 2017.