Reconstruction of Three Thousand War Damaged Houses

Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka

A model cash for housing project

The thirty year armed conflict in Sri Lanka came to an end in 2009, leaving over 300,000 persons displaced in camps. Over 120,000 houses and essential community infrastructure were destroyed, especially in the Northern Province of the country. In response, SDC launched a pilot cash-for-housing project in the Jaffna District, reconstructing 300 permanent houses of an entire village

through an owner driven approach, while also restoring essential community infrastructure the reconstruction program was extended to over 42 villages in the Jaffna and Kilinochchi Districts of Northern Sri Lanka.

  • By end of December 2015, the integral reconstruction program resulted in the following achievements:5050 families live in reconstructed permanent houses.
  • Over 800 girls and boys per year have access to pre-school education and over 2,000 girls and boys have access to primary and secondary education
  • All beneficiaries have access to water within 500 meters from their homes

Project details

Location: Kilinochchi District, Sri Lanka
Year: 2011
Programe: Cash for Housing
Client: Education Department
Author: SDC-HA (Vincent Pittier)
Cost: n.c.
Number of beneficiaries: 200 families