Indian Housing Project – Eastern Province
Building Strength & Stability of Internally Displaced Families
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.
In 2016, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka successfully completed the construction of 3,713 new houses and repair of 46 houses for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Trincomalee and Batticaloa as part of Phase 1 of the Indian Housing Project funded by the Government of India. Consequent to the completion of Phase 1 of the Indian Housing Project, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka was awarded the construction of 270 homes in Batticaloa as part of Phase II of the Indian Housing Project in the Eastern Province. Habitat Sri Lanka commenced the construction of 270 homes in Batticaloa in September 2017 and was subsequently, awarded an additional caseload of 131 homes in Batticaloa. Phase 11 of the Indian Housing Project is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
A grant of LKR 550,000 was provided to each beneficiary family in four installments to construct a new house. All families built their homes according to Local Authority guidelines with a minimum area of 550 square feet. As the project followed a participatory “homeowner driven” process of construction, Habitat Sri Lanka provided technical assistance to homeowners so that they could in turn manage the construction process themselves. The support by Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka particularly includes basic technical awareness in construction and skills training.
This unique approach encourages homeowners to take ownership of the design and construction of their own homes, utilizing the extensive orientation and training given by the implementing agencies on basics of construction, technical aspects and house lifecycle management. Habitat Sri Lanka’s Technical Officers regularly visited the construction sites and assisted beneficiaries to source good quality building materials and supervise skilled labour.
This homeowner-driven participatory construction method has also been a key methodology utilized by Habitat Sri Lanka in building strength, stability and self-reliance among communities rebuilding their lives after the war.