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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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Stories from the Field: A permanent Home for a Young Family in Mullaitivu

The Indian Housing Project (IHP) is a housing reconstruction project funded by the Government of India and implemented through a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Sri Lanka. UN-Habitat is implementing this project in the Northern districts of Killinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna. Through a homeowner driven process, UN-Habitat will support 18,000 families to construct ...

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Providing Fresh Water to Weligahakandiya Residents in Batticaloa District

Water is a precious resource in Sri Lanka’s dry zone. As most rural areas are not linked to pipe borne water, families usually obtain water from available sources including wells, rivers and irrigation tanks. The village of Weligahakandiya in Batticaloa district is no exception. The community in this conflict affected village depend mainly on small ...

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Building Environmentally Friendly Community Infrastructure: Multi-Purpose Community Centre, Batticaloa District

The Project for Rehabilitation of Community Infrastructure, Improvement of Livelihoods and Empowerment of Women in the Northern and Eastern Provinces (RCI) is a community infrastructure development project, contributing towards the sustainable rehabilitation and reconstruction of the conflict affected Northern and Eastern Provinces. Funded by the Government of Japan and implemented by UN-Habitat, it is assisting ...

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Government of Japan Provides US$ 4.2 Mn to Improve the Learning Environment in Sri Lanka’s Mannar District

The Government of Japan is providing funding of US$ 4,201,541 (Japanese Yen 507,000,000) through the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) for the sustainable resettlement of conflict affected people through community-driven improvement of the learning environment in Mannar District. Over the next 30 months, this project will support fifteen schools to construct and improve infrastructure ...

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