About Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka is a nonprofit housing organization whose mission is to provide decent and affordable housing for people living in poor conditions. Founded in 1994, for over 25 years Habitat for Humanity has enabled more than 26,621 families across Sri Lanka to build a safe and decent place they can be proud to call home.

Affiliated to Habitat for Humanity an International Nonprofit Housing Organization founded in the United States in 1976, Habitat Sri Lanka is committed to the same mission and vision of creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. We believe that a decent and secure home is the key to better health, security, education, and employment. It is the foundation for a better life for impoverished communities across Sri Lanka.

The assistance provided by Habitat is meant to provide families with a hand up they need to break the cycle of poverty and build a better life. 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 home ownership 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 instills a sense of pride and ownership in homeowners.

Now at the conclusion of our 25th year of operations, we have assisted 26,621 families to make their housing dreams a reality.

We build strength, stability and self-reliance.
Through shelter, we empower.