A Place to Call Home

"This home means so much more to us than a permanent place to live. My wife and I know that this is a ladder for my children to dream and do things we were not able to when we were their age."
- Sivarasa, Batticaloa

A Dream Come True

"This is a dream come true for our little family. We have got a second chance at life. We are so excited to see our children grow up in this new home."
-Sudharshani, Kalutara

A House of Dreams

"Habitat for Humanity helped my late husband build this home with his own hands, nearly 20 years ago. This is his legacy, the place our children call home. Thank you Habitat for changing our lives."
- Jegajothy, Hatton

A Foundation of Hope

"For the first time, I have a room of my own. I have decorated the walls with my favourite stickers, and I now have a place to study. I want to study hard and become a teacher one day."
- Savisha, Kalutara

Hope for the Next Generation

"After decades of displacement due to the war, we're finally able to rebuild our lives. We are happy and hopeful about this next chapter in our lives."
-Kumaraguru, Batticaloa

Our Habitat Homeowners

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Saranapala, has been visually impaired since birth; however this has never stopped him from striving hard to build a better life for himself and his family. Saranapala and his wife Indrani live in Nayanalokagama with their Son, Daughter-in-law and three grandkids aged...

On Solid Ground

Rajappan Jagdeshwaran, his wife, and their son were displaced by the war for many years when in 2016 they were selected as beneficiaries of the ‘Homes not Houses Project’ funded by the European Union in Kilinochchi. He had the opportunity of attending community...

Rising from the Ashes

Nadeeshani and Dayaratne and their three young children; Ravindu, Kiruli and Shanuli had just moved into their newly constructed home in Yatiyantota when the devastating Cyclone Roanu struck Sri Lanka in May 2016. Nadeeshani and her family were asked to evacuate and...

Building Better and Stronger

In his 30 years as a Mason, it is only through the Homes not Houses Project that Thangavel is able to achieve his dream of building with appropriate technology and thereby saving the forests and rivers of his beloved motherland.  As part of the EU Project, Thangavel...

A Mother’s Dream

Perinparasa takes care of a household with 7 vibrant members in it. She is a daily wage laborer and works regularly at nearly by paddy fields. Her husband is a fisherman and spends most of his time at the coast of Batticaloa looking for work to provide for their...

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...

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...

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...

A Promise Kept

The little rustic village of Vallipuanam in Mullaitivu, once ravaged by war, was abuzz with celebration as Rajeshwary boiled traditional milk in her new home in September 2019. Adaikan Rajeshwary’s eyes lit with joy and pride at the restoration of her family’s...

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,...

A House of Dreams

The Story of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka's First Homeowner supported in 1995. Selwyn, a police officer in Hatton, and his wife Jegajothy lived with their 3 young children in the quarters the police provided for them. Closing in on his retirement age, paramount on...

A Foundation of Hope

Palitha and Kanthimalika, lived with their daughter and her family in a shelter made of wooden planks and metal sheets. Their daughter worked in a local grocery store, her husband earning a daily wage through rickshaw hires. The latter which was rented consumed most...

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...

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...

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...

Rebuilding Hope

Chandani lives with her husband Dayananda, daughter Dinushika, and her son Gayan. Chandani also takes care of her mother, who is ill and unable to walk. Chandani and her family suffered the impact of the disaster that struck in May of 2016, losing their home to the...

Picking Up The Pieces

Sunil (48) and Nilmini (35) lived in Aranayake, Kegalle with their daughter, Sumudu Sewandi (12), and their son Janaka Nethsara (1). They lived comfortably in their 3 bedroom house and lived happily with their two children. Sunil relied on the income his 1 ¼ acres of...

New Beginnings

Vajira and her family moved into their first own home constructed through the Kalutara Housing Project lead by Habitat for Humanity on the 1st of April 2018. Vajira was compelled to be the breadwinner of her family because her husband had an unfortunate accident and...

The Road to Recovery

Sujeewa beams with glee as she welcomes guests into her first home owned by her family, after years of living in houses that were rented. Sujeewa’s husband Susil (48) is a cancer survivor, who currently owns a rickshaw and takes hires to bring a steady income for...

A Dream Come True

Sudarshani and Indika live in their new Habitat home with their four children aged 17, 11, 8 and 4 and Sudarshani’s elderly mother. The family of seven previously lived in a single room temporary shelter made of wooden planks, which Indika had sourced from the...

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...

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...

A Place to Call Home

Sivarasa is a hardworking man who takes care of not only his wife and 3 children, but also his parents. His father (78) and his mother (72) are excited to see their grandchildren grow up in a home that is theirs as a family, and take pride in the fact that they...

Defying The Odds

Ruby is a vibrant young lady who works at the CSEB Production Yard in Batticaloa in a supervisory capacity while simultaneously playing a role of a SME representative. Ruby has been working at the yard for nearly 05 months and takes pride in being able to work in a...

Turning Dreams Into Reality

Sathiyaran (47 years old) and her husband Thiyagarasa are parents to 5 children, 3 of whom are married and living with their own families. Their youngest daughters live with them at present, while one daughter (22) is looking for a job so she can help to support her...

From Surviving to Thriving

Prior to shifting into their conventional home constructed by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka through the European Union funded housing project, Sinnathamby, his wife and four daughters lived with extended family and was gradually able to build a temporary shelter. As...

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...

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