What We Do
At Habitat for Humanity we don’t just build homes, we build communities. We construct safe, affordable durable homes for families in need and we believe that providing families with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities is at the heart of building healthy and resilient communities. We transform communities by supporting families to construct new homes and improve existing homes, while providing communities with access to water and sanitation, and helping vulnerable communities to rebuild after disasters.
Habitat builds affordable homes for families in urgent need of safe shelter. These Habitat homes are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs affordable.
Habitat rehabilitates and repairs houses with the help of homeowners, skilled personnel, volunteer labor and financial and material donations. Habitat’s Home Improvement program enables vulnerable families to achieve stability.
Water and Sanitation
Habitat provides communities with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation facilities and proper hygiene through the construction of water and sanitation facilities and through the provision of hygiene awareness.
Habitat’s interventions in communities precipitate community development. Habitat goes beyond building houses and focuses on building resilient communities with access to infrastructure and facilities.
Through its Disaster Risk Reduction programs Habitat supports marginalized communities to become disaster-resilient communities. Habitat Sri Lanka’s largest disaster response program focused on constructing homes for nearly 5,000 families in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami.
Environmentally Friendly Technology
Since 2016 Habitat Sri Lanka has been focused on promoting groundbreaking environmentally friendly construction technology, referred to as ‘Appropriate Technology’ which explores construction using Earth Blocks.
Meet the Families Supported by Habitat Sri Lanka
Maria and her husband Joseph were active members of the society of the homeless ‘Jana Awaboda Kendraya’ as they had no house of their own and they had to constantly relocate - after a decade in the society they received a 12.5 perch land through the society, yet they...read more
Dulcy Katherine, is a vibrant 90-year old lady considered a pillar of the visually impaired homeowner community in Nayanalokagama Village in Katana. Having lived a full life, Dulcy reflects on the hardships she has faced throughout her life. After many years of...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more