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Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC Provides gifts to Tsunami Affected Families

Dankotuwa Porcelain PLC, a leading ceramic ware producer in Sri Lanka has provided a ceramic gift pack each to two hundred and forty eight (248) Tsunami affected families from Moratuwa, Dehiwala and Ratmalana in the Colombo District. These families have relocated themselves in the hinterland of the Kalutara District and are constructing their homes under ...

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Australian Government and UN-Habitat Support the Reconstruction of 3,785 Houses for Returnees in the Northern Province

20 September 2011, Colombo, Sri Lanka: The Australian Government, in partnership with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), has assisted 3,785 returnee families to reconstruct or repair their damaged houses in the districts of Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Killinochchi under the ‘Shelter Support to Conflict Affected IDPs in Northern Sri Lanka’ Project. To mark the ...

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UN-Habitat Supports “JANASEVANA” National Housing Symposium 2011

UN-Habitat, The United Nations Human Settlements Programme supported the Ministry of Construction, Engineering Services, Housing and Common Amenities in organizing “JANASEVANA”, The National Housing Symposium. The event was held during 22‐23 March 2011 at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute (SLFI) in Colombo. Background The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) is committed to creating a conducive ...

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A National Climate Change Policy for Sri Lanka

UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements programme is supporting the Government of Sri Lanka in formulating a National Climate Change Policy (NCCP). The partnership recognizes need for a pro-active strategy developed using a consultative process, a critical catalyst in ensuring continued sustainable development of Sri Lanka. According to the Ministry of Environment the absence of ...

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Nordic funding to Enhance Resilience to Climate Change in Coastal Sri Lankan Cities

To enhance resilience to climate change in coastal Sri Lankan cities, the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) together with its national partners – the University of Moratuwa, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Batticaloa Municipal Council (BMC) and Negombo Municipal Council (NMC), have initiated a new project titled “Climate Resilient Action Plans for Coastal ...

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UN-Habitat Extends Its Permenant Housing Support Programme in Northern Sri Lanka: 4,400 More Families to be Assited

With European Commission (EC), Australian government (AusAID) and the Swiss government (SDC) funding support, UN-Habitat intends to reach 4,400 new families with permanent housing support in the Northern districts of Sri Lanka in partnership over the next two and a half years. The programme mobilizes USD 23.5 million targeting the districts of Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and ...

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A NEW FISH MARKET FOR GALLE

The new Galle Fish Market reconstructed with the assistance of UN-Habitat and BASF, was ceremonially opened on Thursday 6th January by Chief Minister, Southern Province Hon. Shan Wijeyalal de Silva, on the invitation of the Mayor of Galle His Worship Methsiri de Silva. Parliamentarians, members of the Municipal Council, UN-Habitat and BASF officials, and the ...

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IDPs getting back on track: Rebuilding lives

By Dhaneshi YATAWARA Wasanthamala was waiting for three of her daughters to return from school in the Kilinochchi town. Her other two girls had stayed home that day. Wasanthamala and her six children – five daughters and an infant boy – live in Kilinochchi in their half-built house on a small plot of land. A ...

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Turning Around The Tsunami: UN-Habitat Builds More Than Houses

In the Ampara district, on Sri Lanka’s east coast, UN-Habitat/ RCIS funded by the Norwegian People’s Aid helps 475 families who found themselves stranded at different stages of rebuilding the homes they lost to the 2004 tsunami. In Ampara, as in other parts of Sri Lanka and elsewhere in South and South East Asia, the ...

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Australian Red Cross Lends a Helping Hand to A Tsunami Hit Orphan

Ajmeer Khan was a regular playful 10 years old, a grade 5 student of the Al Jalal Vidyalaya in Sainthamaratu. He lived with his parents at Hospital Road, Sainthamarathu in Kalmunai, Ampara district on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The Tsunami of December 2004 turned his life upside down; both his parents died tragically ...

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