Who we are
Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is a voluntary social services organization whose mission is to provide decent and affordable housing for people living in poor conditions. Habitat for Humanity is an international nonprofit housing organization which was founded in Georgia, United States in 1976. It is currently working in nearly 1,300 communities across the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world.
Our vision is a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to call home. A decent and secure home provides the foundation for health, education and employment. Families partnering with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka receive the hand up they need to break the cycle of poverty, build a better life and create a sustainable future.
Working with communities, we construct homes that are affordable, safe and disaster resilient. We also strive to provide training in areas of construction, livelihood development, financial literacy and water, sanitation and hygiene. This gives families the tools and support they need to create a stable and secure future for their children.
Habitat homeownership is not a free giveaway program, but a partnership in which future homeowners and their families are involved in all aspects of our mission. Families are given a hand-up, not a hand-out. Habitat uses the term “sweat equity” to refer to the hours of labour our homeowners dedicate to building their homes as well as the time they spend investing in their own self-improvement. Sweat equity is the single most important strategy Habitat uses to empower future homeowner families. Getting involved in the construction of their homes instils a sense of pride and ownership in homeowners.
At Habitat for Humanity, we are united by the strong conviction that no matter who we are or where we come from, we all deserve to have a decent life. We deserve to feel strength and stability day after day. We deserve to know we have the power to take care of ourselves and build our own futures. Decent shelter provides the solid foundation for all of this. It’s the platform on which a family lives out today’s realities and prepares for tomorrow’s transformations.
Now at the conclusion of our 24th year of operations, we have assisted 25,448 families make their housing dreams a reality. We thank our donors and partners for their generous support and for placing their trust in us and supporting us to create foundations for the future.
We build strength, stability and self-reliance.
Through shelter, we empower.