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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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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World Habitat Day 2008

The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October each year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the ...

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