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Kandy District,
Sri Lanka

October 14 - 25, 2017 

Are you interested in making a difference for a deserving family as well as having the opportunity to explore, learn, grow and serve? Our team will work with local people to provide simple, decent housing for families in Sri Lanka. We will also have opportunities to build relationships and make friends in another culture, and experience life in southeast Asia. This late fall build will enable team members to provide a gift of housing and a better life to a deserving family.

We need positive attitudes, open minds, flexibility, adventurous spirits and a sense of humour! No building experience is necessary.


The housing need in Sri Lanka

Despite great advances made by housing programs in Sri Lanka, the housing need across the island is great. Many families displaced by the 26-year conflict in Sri Lanka — which left homes, schools and other infrastructure destroyed — are still in need of permanent and secure housing. Many of these families live in shacks made of tin sheets. In Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo, a large proportion of the population lives in crowded, informal settlements with limited access to clean water and safe sanitation.

Housing for workers in the estate sector for tea, rubber and coconut is another area of concern. The poverty level among the estate workers is higher than the national average, making it impossible for families to gain access to secure shelter. Families living on plantations in the Central Province are also vulnerable to landslides during the monsoon months.


Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka

Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka aims to provide decent and affordable housing to people in need in the country. Established in 1995, Habitat Sri Lanka has enabled more than 23,000 low-income families to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Habitat Sri Lanka works with partners and volunteers in building decent, affordable homes with families in need of adequate housing. Almost 3,000 families were supported in building their homes that were destroyed after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In May 2013, a 4,000-home housing project funded by the Indian government for internally displaced people in the Eastern Province was launched. In February 2017, a 14-milllion-euro (more than US$14.8 million) project funded by the European Union broke ground in Mullaitivu district in the north. About 2,455 families will be assisted to build or repair homes with the use of locally made construction materials. The multi-faceted housing project is set to benefit more than 215,000 people in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. In addition, funding from Alwaleed Philanthropies will enable 80 homes to be rebuilt for cyclone-affected families in the Central Province. Another project in 2017 will see 100 houses being constructed for estate workers with funding from the Indian government.


What will my week look like?


Sat. Oct. 14 Day 1 Arrival day in Negombo. 
Sun. Oct. 15 Day 2 Travel from Negombo to Kandy. Orientation
Mon. Oct. 16 Day 3 Build Day 
Tues. Oct. 17  Day 4 Build Day
Wed. Oct. 18 Day 5 Build Day
Thurs. Oct 19 Day 6 Build Day
Fri. Oct. 20 Day 7 Build Day
Sat. Oct. 21 Day 8 R&R
Sun. Oct. 22 Day 9 R&R
Mon. Oct. 23 Day 10 Build Day
Tues. Oct. 24 Day 11 Build Day, Farewell to Family
Wed. Oct 25.  Day 12 Depart or independently continue your journey

(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)

 Where will I stay? What will I eat?

Teams will stay in lodgings that are basic, safe and clean.  Rooms will be shared, and may include a private bathroom. They will have running water and electricity. Towels and bedding will be provided.




What will it cost?

This cost for this 12 day opportunity to build in Kandy District, Sri Lanka is approximately
$2,110 + round-trip airfare + $325 for R&R*

The trip cost includes:  lodging, food, ground transportation, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Sri Lanka and the Global Village program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Colombo in Sri Lanka. This arrangement should be done in consultation with the team leader.

*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts.  The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt. I will advise how to how to pay this. (Do not pay to Habitat for Humanity).We are looking at some unique and exciting R and R activities which will may include a wildlife safari (SL has leopards and elephants)  as well experiencing local culture. 

There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations which will be identified and discussed with you.  These costs are not tax deductible.


Meet the Team Leader: Murray Coates

Hello! My name is Murray Coates and I live on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. I took my first trip with Habitat for Humanity in 2008 to Hungary and was so taken by the experience that I did another trip that same year to Jordan. Since then I have led 12 trips (Armenia, Poland, Cambodia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Mongolia, Paraguay, Chile, El Salvador, Romania, Trinidad and Ethiopia) with Habitat. This will be my first Global Village trip to exotic Sri Lanka. More information on my GV trips can be found at my blog site. https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/cornerduck/  (scroll through for GV trips)

GV trips are truly live changing experiences and many of my team members are repeat participants.

Please feel free to contact me at m.coates@shaw.ca  if you would like to learn more about this trip, or apply now using our on-line application!

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