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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

Sri Lanka: Caritas to hand over 76 beneficiaries at Trnicomalee today

Colombo, 12 December ( Caritas will hand over houses to 76 beneficiaries affected by the Tsunami at Konesapuri, Trincomalee today, when Caritas Sri Lanka–SEDEC in collaboration with Caritas Trincomalee–EHED and other implementing partners will commemorate the third year of the Tsunami

The housing site in Konesapuri is a multi-donor site on a land provided by the government. From a total of 500 houses, 103 are built by Caritas Trincomalee-EHED in this relocation site. Twenty seven houses have already been handed over to the affected families in its ‘phase one’ while the balance 76 houses will be handed over on Wednesday, during the event.

Caritas Sri Lanka-SEDEC in its third year of Tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction work has proved its capacity to rebuild the lives of people affected by the Tsunami through its holistic approach.Trincomalee housesTrincomalee houses

Nearly 40 years of presence of the Caritas Sri Lanka in the country addressing diverse needs of the poor and the marginalised, has helped the organisation to plan the process of empowerment of the Tsunami affected communities in three different phases. ‘Building the human person from dust’ being the first phase, concentrated much on providing relief to the affected.

The second phase led with the theme of ‘working together rebuilding lives’ symbolising the foundation laid to build stronger and viable communities.

Thus, this is the third phase of rehabilitation and reconstruction where Caritas Sri Lanka has begun the process of ‘empowering the communities through rebuilding lives.’

Caritas Sri Lanka has completed a total of 6,338 permanent houses for the Tsunami affected while 1,562 are still in progress, according to the statistics till 30th November 2007.

Keeping in line with the objective of empowering people as individuals and as a community Caritas Sri Lanka has also concentrated on assets restoration as well as formation of groups of small scale entrepreneurs and provide them with training such as Market assessment and leadership.

Caritas Sri Lanka has also provided more than 4,500 fishing nets, 1,210 boats and 1,401 engines. This work is being done as is always the case with Caritas, without regard to religion, ethnicity or politics.

Caritas Sri Lanka is well aware that economical empowerment alone cannot rebuild the communities and that social and psychological factors too have to be strengthened to cope with future disasters. There are 18,974 adults and children who have received psychosocial support for trauma from 529 psychosocial workers trained by Caritas Sri Lanka.

- Asian Tribune -

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