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 Post subject: Tsunami housing project - Colombo Friend-in-Need Society
 Post Posted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 12:16 am 
Another tsunami housing project

The Island /29Sep2005

The Colombo Friend-in-Need Society (CFINS) established originally in 183 1, is the oldest Non-Governmental Social Service Organisation in Sri Lanka. In recent times it’s core activity has been the provision of artificial limbs to persons who have lost their limbs due to various causes. The CFINS is the largest single provider of prosthetic and orthotic devices and appliances Linder what has come to be known popularly as the Jaipur Foot Programme.
In the aftermath of the Tsunami of December 2004 which was the worst natural disaster which Sri Lanka had to face in it’s recent recorded history, many foreign friends and expatriate Sri Lankans contacted the President of the Society, Kalyani Ranasinghe and offered their help to provide relief through CFINS to those severely affected and rendered homeless by the unfortunate event. In response to the many requests it was decided to launch the Tsunami Housing Project for re-building of houses in some of the areas affected, and thereby contribute in some measure to the national task of rehabilitating and re-building the lives of those severely affected and displaced.

Under Phase I of the Project 28 houses which were completely damaged, and situated in the hamlets of Venamulla, Kuleegoda and Dimbulduwa close to Ambalangoda have been re-built at a cost of Rs. 7,813,863.00. These houses which are being formally handed over on 4.9.2005 have been re-built according to the same plan as the damaged houses and were among the first permanent houses to be completed in the area, being ready for occupation by mid May. The beneficiaries were selected in consultation with the Most Ven. Sanganayaka of the Southern Province and Chief Incumbent of Wenamulla Sri Sumanaramaya and other community leaders.

A building of the Dimbulduwa Junior School which had been damaged, was also repaired at a cost of Rs. 228,125.00 to enable the’ School to reopen within a short time.

Arrangements are Linder way to build a further 35 houses under Phase 11 of the Project. These houses will be built according to a type plan and provide over 550 sq.ft. of floor space Work on Phase 11 commenced on the 31 st August 2005.

Re-building of houses is only the first step in the process of rehabilitation and re-building the lives of .-he families CFINS expects to assist these communities further in their efforts to restore their livelihood and overcome the immense hardships they have had to undergo since the Tsunami.

CFINS is deeply grateful to all donors for their generous contributions which enabled the Society to undertake these Projects. The guidance and assistance provided by the local community leaders, and the co-operation extended by all beneficiaries is also greatly appreciated.

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