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Introducing Organic Home Gardening to families in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

January 2016, Northern Province, Sri Lanka: UN-Habitat is supporting healthy and sustainable livelihoods for conflict affected returnee families in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province by promoting grass roots agricultural interventions. In early 2015, with the aim of improving household nutrition and to increase the availability of fresh fruit and vegetables in conflict affected villages, the Organic ...

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Sri Lanka Celebrates World Cities Day

31 October 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka celebrated World Cities Day with a special event in its administrative capital, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, on 31st October 2015. Organised by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, the celebrations for a “Better City – Better Life” included a walk followed by a special event at the ...

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Japanese Ambassador Visits UN-Habitat Infrastructure Project in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

Tuesday, 3 November 2015, Kilinochchi, Sri Lanka.  The Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mr. Kenichi Suganuma and his wife Madam Akiko, visited Kilinochchi district today. During the visit, the Ambassador officially opened the Peptees Preschool in Vivekanadanagar East Village constructed through UN-Habitat’s post conflict infrastructure reconstruction project Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure and Facilities in the ...

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Sri Lanka Celebrates World Habitat Day 2015 with a National Event in Colombo

5th October 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka celebrated World Habitat Day for 2015 at a National event held at the Maligawattha Housing Scheme in Colombo.  The event, which drew the participation of over 2,000 community members, was organized under the patronage of the Hon. Sajith Premadasa, the Minister of Housing and Construction.  The Minister of ...

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UN-Habitat and Government of Japan Support over 180,000 People to Rebuild Community Infrastructure Facilities in the North of Sri Lanka

September 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka: With funding from the Government of Japan, UN-Habitat has supported 180,000 people in 120 villages in Sri Lanka’s Northern districts to construct community infrastructure facilities. Commencing in March 2013, the “Project for Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure and Facilities in the Conflict Affected Areas in the Northern Province” was implemented by ...

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Opening of the Mahilavedduwan Community Centre, Batticaloa district

Battinews.com (English Translation); 25 August, 2015, Batticaloa: Mahilavedduwan is one of the under-developed villages in Manmunai West DS Division in Batticaloa District that benefited from the construction of a Multipurpose Community Centre by UN-Habitat through an Infrastructure Development Project funded by the Government of Japan. The cost of constructing this building was LKR. 3 Million. The ...

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Stories from the field: Conflict Affected Returnee Builds Permanent Home for Elderly Parents with funding from the Indian Government

August 2015, Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka: Showing resilience and determination following years of hardship and displacement, 52 year old Ms. Sellaiya Sivasothi from Mullaitivu district recently constructed a permanent house for her elderly parents with funding from the Government of India. Her new home is particularly special, as Sivasothi contributed much of her own labour towards ...

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Stories from the Field: Constructing Cost-effective, Demonstration Houses in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province

Ms. Yasotharan Karthiyayini, a school teacher from Kilinochchi district, recently constructed her permanent house with funding from the project “Improving Living Conditions in Returnee Areas Through Housing”. Her new house has been built using environmentally-friendly, cost effective techniques as a “demonstration house”. Funded by the European Union, Government of Australia and the Swiss Agency for ...

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