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 Post subject: Habitat for Humanity-lack of clear direction from government
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:25 pm 
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Habitat for Humanity - Responds to Needs of Coast Communities

© 2005 Habitat for Humanity

"The lack of clear direction from the national government poses a major challenge. Official decisions are still awaited on how close to the shoreline homes can be built as well as on the specifications the government wants for tsunami-reconstruction houses."

Habitat’s Galle and Batticaloa affiliates cleared debris and began construction in their local coastal communities within three weeks after the tsunami. The creation of a full national-level tsunami recovery team, which began functioning in May, provides the support needed to scale up reconstruction.

At the end of four months, 112 new houses had been started and 23 were completed in ten settlements along the southern coast near Galle. In Batticaloa, on the east coast, 10 new houses had been completed and 40 were under construction. Twelve houses had been renovated and two houses were under renovation.

Batticaloa produces 1,000 blocks a day at one Habitat tsunami-recovery technical center and is planning to launch similar facilities in four other locations. Galle has acquired block-making machines and set up a production shed and drying yard.

The lack of clear direction from the national government poses a major challenge. Official decisions are still awaited on how close to the shoreline homes can be built as well as on the specifications the government wants for tsunami-reconstruction houses.

Partners and Volunteers Aid the Work
New donors including Deutsche Bank, Project Management Institute and Mass Holdings have offered assistance to build more than 100 new houses in Galle.

In Ampara district, HFH Sri Lanka has a partnership with German chemicals giant BASF to build 192 new houses in Tirrukkovil. This is for a new settlement approved recently by the government. In June, Plumbing World, a New Zealand-based company, is expected to assess water and later other related-infrastructures. Future partnership will be determined after the assessment is completed. The Angel Foundation, associated with US talk show host Oprah Winfrey, is sponsoring a community development partnership that will include 150 houses built by Habitat for Humanity in Arugam Bay.

Groups of skilled “First Builders” have supplemented the work of local volunteers and skilled masons. Approximately 150 foreign volunteers have come from Singapore, the Netherlands, the USA, New Zealand, Australia and Great Britain; more teams are confirmed through July.

Long-term Growth
Programs in Galle and Batticaloa are being expanded into more coastal villages. HFH Sri Lanka plans to establish more tsunami-recovery technical centers and begin building in Kalmunai, Trincomalee and Tirrukkovil on the east coast, and in Matara and Hambantota in the south.

How We Are Planning To Spend Donations In Sri Lanka
Estimates of expenditure for 2005 & 2006

Total estimated expenditure: US$5,341,201*
Families receiving direct housing services: 1,850 houses
National Support Office: (based in existing national office)
Tsunami-Response Technical Centers: 3


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