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Emergency aid, construction of temporary housing, livelihood programme

Galle Four Gravets and Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

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Location

Galle Four Gravets and Hikkaduwa

Project Duration

2004–2008

Project Summary

In December 2004, a tsunami struck Sri Lanka killing tens of thousands of people, and left almost one million people homeless. Galle Four Gravets was the hardest hit area.

In the immediate aftermath of the tsunami, a small AMURT team arrived in Sri Lanka and provided 200 families with emergency relief. AMURT then carried out a transitional housing programme, building houses for 105 families. 

Finally, AMURT launched a livelihood programme. The main objective was to help tsunami-affected families and low-income families to raise income. AMURT offers training in basic business as well as teaching handicraft and practical skills such as coir making, sewing, embroidery and lace making.

A total of 1,044 women have benefited from this programme in two years. Of these, 835 (=80%) have good incomes now and can cover the basic needs of their families.

Project Partners

USAID, Geneva Global Inc., UNOCHA

Swiss Embassy, Consortium of Humanitarian

Organisations (CHA)

Foundation “Life for All” Switzerland/Germany

Project Duration

Project Start
2005
Project End
2008

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