Home is where the Heart is

Home is where the Heart is

Nilani, a mother of two, tells her story of how Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka changed her family’s life. Prior to being a beneficiary in 2012, Nilani and her family never had a permanent home. They faced many challenges as a result of not having a safe or adequate place to live in together; Nilani recalls how her family had to live separately as a result. Her children lived with her sister, while Nilani and her husband moved from one place to another. They rarely got to see each other since they didn’t live in the same space. To them, their Habitat home is more than a house.  It is a place to call their own, where they can live together as one family. During the construction of their home back in 2012, it was Nilani who took the lead in preparing tea for Volunteers during their Habitat builds. She felt that it was the least she could do in appreciation of the people who were giving her family an opportunity to be under one roof together.

Nilani shares the simple joys she now has the opportunity to have; being with her children every day while cooking them healthy meals and chatting with them about their day after they come home from work. Their family is now together and complete; under the strong roof of their home. Inspired by the new hope in their lives, her daughter (22 years) and her son (26 years) are working hard and saving up to expand their home.

Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Udayani, was a mother of 2 when she received a Habitat home back in 2012. Now in 2018, Udayani has 3 beautiful and energetic daughters, and is working hard with her husband to expand their home.  Udayani commented on the impact that their home has had on her children’s lives. They have a safe space to play and live in. Before living in their Habitat home, Udayani and her husband used to face multiple challenges with their previous housing situation. They lived in a home that was a single room, built with wooden planks and tin sheets for a roof. That shelter was not strong enough to keep them safe when the weather would turn for the worst. She recalls how she and her husband would have to carry their babies on the bed because the wooden house would flood with up to 2ft of rainwater.

She is grateful that she and her husband do not have those fears anymore. Their current home gives them safety – and Udayani found it difficult to express her gratitude, and all she could say was “this means a lot to us”.

Her family is currently in the process of expanding their Habitat home by adding 2 more rooms. Udayani’s husband is also working on the construction himself. It is evident, within the last six years, that they have been able to confidently expand their family, and provide their children with adequate space to study and play all in the safety of their own home.