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

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

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

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

Our Stories

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 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...

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...

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...

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...