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 while promoting hygiene education is at the heart of building healthy and resilient communities. Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka works to lay the foundations for the future and create change that impacts generations.

BUILDING NEW HOMES

Habitat builds, rehabilitates and repairs houses with the help of homeowners, skilled personnel, volunteer labor and financial and material donations. A new home is sized at 550 square feet. With two bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, these houses are large enough for the homeowner family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs affordable.

REPAIRS & IMPROVEMENTS

Habitat Sri Lanka also believes in the long-term investment in communities by way of Neigbourhood Revitalization initiatives such as the construction of community centres, community wells and preschools. Additionally, with a focus on sustainability, Habitat promotes Tree Planting, Home Gardening for Livelihood Generation and the promotes use of appropriate construction technologies.

WATER & SANITATION

Habitat helps beneficiaries gain access to clean water, adequate sanitation facilities and proper hygiene through the construction of water and sanitation facilities and the provision of WaSH training in schools and communities. Particularly, focusing on the safety of the girl child, every Habitat home includes an attached toilet. 

DISASTER RESILIENCE

Habitat Sri Lanka’s largest disaster response program involves the construction of homes for the war affected internally displaced people in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the nation since 2015. Disaster response housing projects following the Tsunami in 2004 and Cyclone Roanu in 2016 has enabled Habitat to construct homes for marginalized and vulnerable families affected by natural disasters.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Habitat believes in the long-term investment in communities. Neigbourhood Revitalization intiatives such as the construction of community centres, community wells and community preschools are undertaken by Habitat. Additionally, with a focus on sustainability, Habitat promotes Tree Planting, Home Gardening for Livelihood Generation and the promotion of appropriate construction technologies.

ECO-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY

Transitional shelters and core houses are provided to people affected by disasters. Habitat Sri Lanka’s largest disaster response program involves the construction of homes for the war affected internally displaced people in the Northern and Eastern provinces of the nation.