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Build a home in Sri Lanka, the "Pearl of the Indian Ocean" 
 November 25 - December 6, 2017

Are you interested in making a difference for a deserving family as well as having the ability 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.

Sri Lanka's Housing Need

Despite great advances made by housing programs in Sri Lanka. the need for safe, secure and permanent housing in Sri Lanka is staggering. Poverty, natural disasters such as the 2004 Asian tsunami and the three decade-long civil conflict have added to the pressing need for housing.

Many families displaced by the nearly 30-year conflict in Sri Lanka which left homes, schools and other infrastructure destroyed, are still in need of permanent housing. These families, who live in the North and East of Sri Lanka, currently live in temporary tin sheet shacks. While housing programs have been implemented in these areas, the current housing gap is estimated at approximately 135,000.

In and around Sri Lanka’s commercial capital, Colombo, a large proportion of the population live 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 with thousands of families working on estates living in line housing. Due to the seasonal nature of work in these areas, many families are unable to save enough to gain access to decent shelter. With the Central Province being more susceptible to landslides during the monsoon months, these families are often at great risk. 

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:

Nov 25 Day 1 Arrive mid-day Saturday at Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, overnight in Negombo
Nov 26 Day 2 Orientation - Travel to Kandy, learn about Habitat's work in Sri Lanka
Nov 27 - Dec 1 Day 3-7 Build days
Dec 2-3 Day 8-9 Explore. Be immersed in local culture and experience the community firsthand while getting to know your team. 
Dec 4-5 Day 10-11 Build and farewell with Community
Dec 6 Day 12 Departure Day. Continue your journey in Sri Lanka independently or head home.

                                                                 (Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where we stay, what we 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?

The cost for this 12 day build in Kandy District, Sri Lanka will cost 
approximately $2,190 + round-trip airfare + approximately $ 295 USD 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.

There are additional travel costs such as passport, visa and immunizations, which the team leader will discuss with you after signup. These costs are not tax deductible.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue two separate charitable donation tax receipts:  trip costs and eligible airfare (airfare receipt is processed after your trip). The costs for R&R portion of the trip are not eligible for a tax receipt and this money must not be sent to HFH Canada.  Your team leader will let you know how to pay this*.  

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. 

Meet the Team Leader: Barbara Lesage 
I have been supporting the Habitat for Humanity organization since 2006 as a team member and a team leader.  There is nothing like helping and working alongside partner families to help them realize their dreams of having their own house – a dream that may take many years to come to fruition.  Each trip comes with new friends, once-in-a-lifetime memories and an amazing feeling of being able to part of it all. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using our on-line application!

Have questions?
Your team leader, Barbara Lesage, will lead this team in the field and would love to speak with you. Email Barbara at: rafunagvteam@gmail.com 


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