Rebuilding after the Tsunami in Sri Lanka, 2005-2006

Project Data

Start of construction: September 2005
End of construction: April 2006
Total construction costs: 5.000 – 6000 U$ per house
Contribution CRWRC: 2.500 U$ per house
Contribution Sri Lankan Government: 2.500 U$ per house

The Project

The Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 25, 2004, was one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of mankind.

In Sri Lanka more than a 1000 kilometers of coastline (over 70%) was hit by the waves. Over 31.000 people lost their lives and 450.000 people lost their homes. In total around 99.000 houses were completely destroyed, and another 130.000 houses were damaged.

From September 2005 until April 2006, Smart Shelter Foundation was hired by the Canadian aid organization CRWRC, to make designs and estimates of new houses. During this period, 170 new houses were built in the villages of Kurukkalmadam and Mankadu, under the supervision of Smart Shelter Foundation. An impression can be seen at the photo gallery above.

Between 2005 and 2008, CRWRC rebuilt around 900 houses at several sites in the east and south of Sri Lanka, and initiated a variety of livelihood projects in numerous villages. For the construction projects they kept using the designs that were made by SSF.

Sponsors and Partners

These rebuilding projects were initiated, executed and financed by Canadian relief organization CRWRC, in cooperation with the Sri Lankan government. Throughout the projects we worked together with a number of other local and international organizations, within the disciplines of housing, water, sanitation, livelihoods and such.