Sri Lanka war refugees to get EU help for 4,000 houses

Dec 14, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s war refugees will get 1.9 billion rupees of financial help from the European Union to rebuild 4,000 houses with additional funding from Switzerland and Australia. House will be build on an ‘owner-driven’ model. UN-Habitat and SDC will give money and technical help and owners will contribute their labour, time and resources.

Construction standards and the selection of beneficiaries be under a government housing programme, (North East Housing Reconstruction Programme) which was implemented by the World Bank and co-funded by the EU under.

A 30-year war in Sri Lanka’s north and east ended in 2009.

“By 2015, the EU will have financially assisted 20,000 families in North and East Sri Lanka to rebuild their houses, many of whom have endured displacement for over a decade,” EU Ambassador Bernard Savage said in a statement.

“These grants add up to ongoing EU-funded programmes (about 19 billion rupees or 120 million Euros) supporting livelihoods and socio-economic development in selected districts.

“By moving from humanitarian assistance to long-term sustainable development projects, the EU will have significantly helped Sri Lanka achieve its main