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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Sri Lanka: Twenty One tsunami affected families resettled in Galle

Colombo, 21 March, Twenty one tsunami affected families in Thalapitiya, Galle were resettled in three storey housing complex on Friday 16 Mawrch, when they received their deeds of ownership at a ceremony held at the site.The Housing block with 21 appartmentsThe Housing block with 21 appartments

This UNDP project funded by the Government of Germany was launched in late 2005. Each housing unit is complete with water, electricity and sewerage facilities. The 21 apartment style housing units were built on 29 perches of land made available by the Galle Municipal Council.

The objective of the project was to provide permanent housing for tsunami affected families living in temporary shelters. These families were reluctant to move out of the Thalapitiya area to settle elsewhere because of their family ties and religious and cultural background. The Muslim Ladies’ Study Circle played a key role in resettling these displaced people in a manner which would facilitate the process of re-integration and livelihood recovery after the tsunami.

Minister for Housing and Common Amenities Ferial Ashraff, Abu Selim, UNDP Country Director, Andreas Hartmann - Economic Counsellor of Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany and UNDP's Snr Programme Manager Wuria Karadaghy were present at the ceremony.

Mr. Abu Selim UNDP’s Country Director thanked the German government for their generous contribution of US$ 300,000 for this project; he said the German government has made a total contribution of more than US$ 8 million to UNDP’s Post Tsunami Recovery Projects.
Minister Ashraff during her address said the new occupants would have to adjust to living in an apartment complex and learn the basic ethics of using the common amenities.

“I wish that the new tenants of these units will consider this as a chance to build better lives for themselves and for their children,” said Andreas Hartmann.

- Asian Tribune -

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