Path to Stability

Path to Stability

Yogarani and her husband Sogkumar are parents to three sons; Kishan, Dinushka and Menaka. Sogkumar earns minimum wage by engaging in multiple jobs. He juggles between driving a school bus and taking ‘Tuk Tuk’ hires in order to support the family, while Yogarani works as an estate worker at Le Vallon Estate.

They previously lived in a line-room which was home to multiple families. This limited space was shared by nearly fifteen people and their life in the line-room was one full of challenges. The one bedroom space had very poor ventilation an no access to safe drinking water or electricity. The poor sanitation facilities caused their young children to fall ill on many occasions. The children studied under a single lamp light and the lack of space made it all the more difficult, with no privacy for the family.

Given their low-earning capabilities, Yogarani and Sogkumar knew they could never afford a home of their own until they were selected as beneficiaries of the Indian Housing Project.

Yogarani’s new Habitat Home will not only mean that her family will be living in a clean environment with access to electricity and water, but it will also provide her family privacy and the security they need. 

To me, a home is as valuable and impactful as a place of worship. The value of this home cannot be measured. It means so much to us.

Yogarani

Indian Housing Project, Kandy 2019

Changemaker

Changemaker

Premalatha works in the plantations of Hellbodde Estate and is a part of the committee formed by the homeowners of the Indian Housing Project. She is a resilient single mother of two. Her daughter is happily married and lives close by to her new home with her own family. Premalatha lives in her new Habitat home with her son; who works in the town as a mason. A great source of strength to her, he has always supported her in life since he was young.

Reflecting on how her life has changed after being a beneficiary of the Indian Housing Project; Premalatha says “I had to go through so many struggles with my abusive husband years ago; I had no choice but to keep moving forward and be strong for my children… I always dreamed of being able to live comfortably in a home that was my own”.

A strong advocate of female empowerment in her community she works hard to be a source of support and friendship to her neighbors. Premalatha also facilitates language classes (Sinhalese and Tamil) for the youth in her community; in hopes that they will be better equipped in the world to find good employment.

Premalatha is very happy with the opportunity that the Indian Housing Project has given her to become a homeowner. She says; “This is a decade long dream that is finally coming true. I have no words to thank Habitat for Humanity for making my dreams become a reality”.