Sri Lanka has often been described as a tropical paradise. Arab traders of long ago knew the island as Serendib, which is the origin of the word serendipity, reflecting the unexpected pleasures of the land. The vegetation of the coastal belt is lush and dramatic, and the mountainous areas of the interior are spectacular. Pleasant sea breezes temper the coast’s tropical climate through most of the year; the hills and mountains in the island’s center are cool at night.
This tropical paradise however has had a turbulent past. This build is your opportunity to visit an incredible country and get off the beaten tourist track by making a real difference to a family in need. Why not combine your week build with a holiday, and explore the many attractions Sri Lanka has to offer?
Your team will be working on a house constructed as part of the Central Indian Housing Project in Nuwara Eliya District.
In May of 2017 Sri Lanka suffered from heavy monsoons and landslides which caused widespread flooding and damage. The floods affected 15 districts, including Nuwara Eliya, killing at least 208 people. As of June 3rd it was reported that 698,289 people had been affected by the floods, while 11,056 houses were partially damaged and another 2,093 houses completely destroyed. Through the project recipients of grants are able to construct permanent, flood resistant homes. Recipients of the grants are all internally displaced due to the thirty year civil war or natural disasters such as floodings and landslides. These families live in transient shelters that offer little protection or privacy.
As this is an ongoing construction project that occurs in stages, volunteers will be building to support construction at each stage. Tasks may include helping to lay foundations, hauling material, laying bricks, mixing mortar, and other construction related activities
Arrive in Colombo and meet your team
Hit the road. Today you will travel to Nuwara Eliya bright and early, and you will spend the day seeing the sights and experiencing local culture on your journey, including a visit to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Meet your partner family and the Habitat build staff who will complete your safety briefing. Get started on your first day of building
Full days of building with your teammates
Final day of building, handover ceremony and dedication of the new home to our partner family
Travel back to Colombo on Saturday and have your final dinner with your team. On Sunday depart for home or further adventures
Click here for an information pack about the build that includes the project info, detailed itinerary, costs and stories from past volunteers – take some time to read about the build and see how you can help change the lives of families in need
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