Great Expectations

Great Expectations

A hardworking mother of three, Pathmawathi explains how difficult her life has been during and after the civil war in Sri Lanka. Pathmawathi tells her story about how her husband went through a lot of trouble to provide them with a temporary shelter in 1992 but they had to flee that community shelter in 2009 when their safety was at risk. The quality of their life was low and they had close to no access to safe and sanitary hygiene facilities. Forced to abandon their previous house Pathmawathi says “the new house is a great source of support” to her family.

Her husband doesn’t have a stable job and he works in-between two jobs to earn an income for the family. Pathmawathi explains how their income has not been sufficient or consistent because they did not have stability in where they lived. She expressed her hopefulness of that changing; once they build a life under a permanent, safe and stable roof as one family.

I am so thankful to God, and also to Habitat for Humanity for giving my family a new meaning in life.

Pathmawathie

Indian Housing Project, Batticaloa 2017

A Future of Promise

A Future of Promise

Mother of three, Loganayagi resides with her husband, eldest son and her grand-daughter in their Habitat home that was constructed as a part of the Indian Housing Project in Batticaloa. Loganayagi explains how wholesome the experience with Habitat Sri Lanka was – from becoming a beneficiary of the project to the completion of the house. She especially reflects with joy on the days she was able to spend with the Global Village volunteer team that travelled all the way from New Zealand to support them with the construction of their home.

From having lived in a small hut where all family members had minimal privacy and protection, Loganayagi is extremely grateful for the change in their quality of life that is provided through this home. Previously they had no toilet facilities, but with this new home, Habitat for Humanity was able to provide them with a home which provides them with access to adequate sanitation facilities.

Safe at Last

Safe at Last

Samithambi is a mother of two, who takes care of them and her husband who recovered recently from a hip surgery. Her husband was thankfully able to go through his healing process within the stable environment and comfort that their new home provides. To Samithambi, this home is a blessing that came into their lives at a time of difficulty.

They live in an area that is prone to elephant attacks. As a result, they used to live in constant fear when living in their temporary shelter which provided limited protection. During times of heavy rains, water would seep through their tin roof flooding their temporary shelter, destroying what little belongings they owned. Safe from adverse weather conditions and wild elephant attacks, their new Habitat home has become a symbol of new beginnings and a beacon of hope for Samithambi’s entire family.

I now feel safer knowing that my children have a safe place to call home and we are protected during times of heavy rain.

Samithambi

Indian Housing Project, Batticaloa 2018

Paving New Avenues  

Paving New Avenues  

Like most families during the war, Yohamalar and her family were compelled to seek shelter in refugee camps. After the war ended in 2009 her family built a temporary shelter for themselves, but it lacks security and it is a constricted space. Yohamalar has overcome many challenges while supporting her family, and cares for her teenage son who has special needs while continuously trying to create a safe and warm environment for him to grow up in. The 50 year old mother explains how proud she is of her elder daughter who is currently doing a course on Nursing, and will be the first female in her whole family to start earning her own income. Yohamalar expressed how hopeful and thrilled she is with the construction of their new home.

Yohamalar told us that her joy comes from a place that truly believes this new home will be a driving force in their life as a family, and will “improve the quality of life” for her children and “help them study better and have a better chance and creating a good life for themselves.”

Hope of the Next Generation

Hope of the Next Generation

Upon being displaced in Batticaloa after the civil war for eight months, 52 year old Kumaraguru explains how extremely “happy and hopeful for this new chapter in life” he is. Kumaraguru lost his boutique shop; his only source of income during the war due to a bombing that took place in his village and he unfortunately hasn’t been able to financially recover ever since. Kumaraguru and his family had to give up their house as dowry when his elder daughter got married, this compelled Kumaraguru along with his wife, son and two daughters to move into a temporary shelter adjoining their main house.

Despite all the obstacles Kumaraguru has faced in life he says “things are improving gradually” -from his daughters receiving sound education, to his son taking pride in helping construct their new home; Kumaraguru has restored a lot of hope for the future of his children. As a father, Kumaraguru expressed his role in making sure to provide his kids with the element of safety with the new house. Kumaraguru says he’s “happy to be part of Indian Housing Project”.

Kumaraguru’s daughters, Sudharshi (28) and Sinthuja(23), are both graduates and ambitious girls. They are excited for their new home and what their future beholds.

Hope of a Brighter Tomorrow

Hope of a Brighter Tomorrow

Mohanaledchami is expecting her second child in early August, and is currently preparing for this new addition to her life. She lives with her husband, her daughter (10), her mother and her mother in-law; and they are a very close-knit family

Mohanaledchami remarks that she is beyond relieved to be able bring her new baby to a home that will become the foundation to her complete family and is so grateful to Habitat Sri Lanka and the Indian Housing Project for this milestone in their life.

Mohanaledchami’s 10 year old daughter Pavitra is excited about her new Habitat home as well; she has planned to decorate the house in various ways and is mostly looking forward to having a room to share with her new baby sibling. When asked what Pavitra would do first in her new room, she gleamed and said “Study!”

Pavitra snuggles up to her grandmother as she is asked how she will decorate her own room in their new Habitat Home.

The area they live in demands that Mohanaledchami has to walk miles to fetch water several times a day to get clean water in order to keep their storage full. She says that having this home lifts a great burden off her because she now knows that her family will have adequate sanitation in their new home, as well as the security that they have prayed to have all these years.