Kalutara Housing Project
Building Disaster Resilient Communities
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.
These temporary structures were also extremely unsafe and unstable as they had not been constructed on a strong foundation and had a poorly constructed roof – which could easily blow off as a result of strong winds. Each year, the Kalutara District reports high incidents of floods and landslides during times of cyclonic weather conditions, and these 37 families were among those most vulnerable to disasters given the conditions of their unsafe temporary wooden structures, they called home.
As part of the Kalutara Housing Project, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka selected 24 beneficiary families in Vincentiyanugama Village and 13 families in Diyalagoda Village to receive new homes through this housing project.
All 37 houses of this project are lockable houses that have been specifically designed to include disaster resilient features to minimize the risk of future disasters such as floods, in accordance with the standards of the NBRO.The cost of construction of all 37 homes was sponsored through a grant of LKR 51 Million made by an individual donor. The Catholic Archdiocese of Colombo donated 8 perches of land to each family in these two villages for the construction of these homes.
The Kalutara Housing Project has successfully provided 37 families, a total of 162 individuals and 70 children a safe and decent place to call home.