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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Sri Lanka: Red Cross handed over multi-story housing complex for 64 tsunami affected families in Kalutara

Colombo, 10 October, ( The Irish Red Cross and the Sri Lanka Red Cross handed over 64 apartments constructed in multi-story blocks for tsunami affected families in Kalutara on 06 October.

The "Janaraja Vidyalaya housing scheme" consists of apartments built in eight blocks, each of four storeys. Every apartment has two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. All have been handed over with water, sanitation and electricity connections and gas cookers and cylinders will be distributed to each family.

"The peace of mind that comes with owning a home of one’s own is incredibly important. These apartments demonstrate how the generosity of the Irish people has made a real difference in helping these families to move on and rebuild their lives after the tsunami," said Simon Harris, Country Coordinator for the Irish Red Cross

On the same site the Irish Red Cross is also building the Janaraja Vidyalaya School. Construction work on the three storey building is ongoing and when complete will provide space for 400 students complete with modern facilities such as computers, a library and vocational training tools.

"During floods, cyclones and other disasters the Red Cross has long been involved in identifying needs and providing assistance to communities across the length and breadth of Sri Lanka. The construction of these houses form part of our assistance to fellow Sri Lankans affected by the tsunami," said Jagath Abeysinghe, President of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.

In addition to the homes built in Kalutara, the Irish Red Cross is also working with the Sri Lanka Red Cross in constructing or contributing toward the construction of 200 other houses in the Batticaloa and Ampara districts. The Irish Red Cross is also supporting programmes that are restoring the livelihoods of tsunami affected families, both in the Batticaloa and Kalutara districts, through assets replacement, vocational training and cash grants.

So far, the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement has built or contributed towards the completion of 4188 houses in several districts. Construction work on a further 5380 houses is ongoing.

- Asian Tribune -

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