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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Joint effort by Muslim Aid and Oxfam benefits some 100 Sri Lankan

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 03 August, (Asiantribune,com): Come August, a new day will dawn for some 100 tsunami-victimized families hailing from Olikulam in Batticaloa, when Muslim Aid together with Oxfam hand over 100 newly constructed homes each worth Rs. 432,000 to 80 Muslim families and 20 Tamil families respectively.

The construction of these houses began in June last year. Each house consists of two rooms, a kitchen, living room, verandah, a small garden area and toilet. Although the two organization's initially estimated that each house would cost approximately Rs. 250,000/- to be constructed, the dramatic price increase for labour and material costs since the initial estimate has resulted in a house costing Rs. 432,000/-.

The local implementing partner for this project was 'Help Sri Lanka'.

Muslim Aid's Country Director Amjad Mohamed Saleem said that his organization initially had problems in finding land to construct these houses, due to the obvious land shortage in the Eastern province. "However, a group of well-wishers gifted us the necessary land for this purpose. And in June 2005 we began constructing the houses."

He added that the houses were now being given the final touches, and by end August they would be gifted to these families whom they have selected according to the date given to them by the Local Government Authority.

- Asian Tribune -

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