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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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Stories from the Field: Improving Accessibility in Villages in Batticaloa District

Well maintained internal gravel roads are vital for the efficient functioning of village life as they are used regularly by residents to travel to workplaces, agricultural lands and children’s schools as well as to access towns and marketplaces. Badly maintained roads can severely inconvenience people, particularly during the monsoon rains. To improve accessibility in Eralakulam ...

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