This island country southeast of India is known for its natural tropical beauty. It has made steady progress since the opening of its economy in 1977, but poor families have seen few of the benefits. Development efforts have been hampered by three decades of civil war. Meanwhile, the country is still rebuilding from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
More than 4 million Sri Lankans are estimated to live below the poverty line, with about half a million of them residing in slums and shanties.
Habitat for Humanity began operating in Sri Lanka in 1994, and today a series of Habitat Resource Centers support local projects. Habitat is one of the country’s largest homebuilders after the government.
About Global Village
Global Village is Habitat for Humanity’s international volunteer program. Teams travel to over 40 countries to work alongside communities, build housing solutions, and experience local culture. Our goal is to change the lives of the people we serve, as well as the lives of the volunteers.
To join a team or learn more, visit www.habitat.org/gv.
About Habitat for Humanity International Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that safe and affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 3 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help more families improve their shelter conditions. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To get more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit habitat.org.