Habitat for Humanity knows that a safe, decent, affordable home is fundamental to a family forging a path out of poverty. A house is not just a building. It is a home—a place that shelters, protects and nurtures its occupants. It supports their personal and professional development and offers a safe harbor. Habitat builds, rehabilitates and repairs houses with the help of homeowners, skilled personnel, volunteer labor and financial and material donations. A new home ranges from 120 – 550 square feet. With one to two bedrooms, and are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs affordable
Funded by the European Union, jointly implemented by Habitat for Humanity and World Vision Lanka, the ’Homes not Houses Project’ is expected to benefit more than 215,250 internally displaced people in the Northern and Eastern Provinces of Sri Lanka. Seeking to serve the most vulnerable families displaced by the civil war, the project has committed Euro 14.7 million towards providing returnee families with permanent and affordable housing solutions, social infrastructure and livelihood protection.
The plantation sector provides a significant share of Sri Lanka’s national economy, with an estimated 244,500 families and a population of 966,700 living in the plantation sector. The population serving in this sector consists mainly of plantation workers who reside in small attached houses referred to as ‘line houses’. These line houses which date back to the colonial era, are now in a state of disrepair.
The Indian Housing Project is a housing construction project funded by the Government of India and implemented through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) which was initiated in 2012. The Indian Housing Project (IHP) is an extension of the Government of India’s commitment to construct 50,000 homes in Sri Lanka for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) affected by the 26-year civil war which ravaged the North and East of Sri Lanka.
The Homes for Hope Project seeks to provide housing solutions for nearly 60 marginalized families in Negombo and Galle. Funded by an individual donor, this unique housing project which is estimated to be completed in 2020, is unlike any Habitat Sri Lanka has embarked on before, as it concentrates on providing safe and decent housing solutions for persons with disabilities; an often marginalized, vulnerable and overlooked group in our community.
The Kalutara Housing Project was initiated in August 2017 to construct 37 homes for low-income families in the District of Kalutara. The selected beneficiary families originally lived in small one-bedroom temporary wooden structures with limited protection from adverse weather conditions; outside intruders and provided minimal privacy for the girl child.
As part of its commitment towards establishing meaningful partnerships with Corporates, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka partnered with Hatton National Bank (HNB) to launch the ‘Drops of Life Project’ in March 2018. Targeting the improvement of water, sanitation and hygiene standards in the Batticaloa district, the ‘Drops of Life’ project aimed at providing marginalized communities with access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka partnered with Alwaleed Philanthropies in an initiative to rebuild the lives of families affected by landslides caused by Cyclone Roanu, in May 2016. Together with the Government of Sri Lanka, District Secretariat of Kegalle and Divisional Secretaries of Aranayake, Yatiyantota and Deraniyagala, 80 families were identified as key beneficiaries for the rebuilding initiative.
Funded by MilleniumIT, a London Stock Exchange Group, the MIT Housing Project supported more than 300 Internally Displaced Families in Vakarai and Oddusudan with new home construction and repairs in 2011. Each house was 500sq foot houses with a tiled roof, consisting of 2 rooms, a kitchen, a living area and a small verandah.
Now more than ever, home is the key to building Strength, Stability and Self-Reliance
At Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka, we believe a stable, secure home creates the foundation for change. A safe home gives people the opportunity to be healthier, happier and more secure, and for children to be better nourished and better educated. We believe building a decent home provides much more than a roof overhead – it provides real hope for the future. Building a house for one family, changes the lives of so many more.
Affordable housing is linked directly to many of the Sustainable Development Goals.