"I think the completion of the project is a tribute to the beneficiaries, contractors, and government officials - all of who have been involved from start to finish. The wish from the Japanese Red Cross and the people of Japan is that you will become a vibrant and successful community," says Satoshi Kumahashi, Country Coordinator for the Japanese Red Cross in Sri Lanka.
The "Ranjith Kodikara Land community housing project" was initiated by the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society with financial and technical assistance from the Japanese Red Cross Society. The housing scheme includes water, sanitation facilities and an internal road network. Every house is also connected to the electricity grid. The Japanese Red Cross are constructing an additional 259 houses on three other sites in Trincomalee district.
The Japanese Red Cross has been supporting the Sri Lanka Red Cross' work in Trincomalee District for over a year as part of their assistance to address the long-term needs of those affected by the tsunami. Following the tsunami they provided non-food relief items and supported the construction of over 100 temporary shelters.
"The Red Cross Movement has undertaken a project to construct several thousand houses for tsunami affected people in Sri Lanka. All the families who received houses will be provided with common amenities", said Mr. Neville Nanayakkara, the Director General of the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society.
Our contribution toward rebuilding Sri Lanka's damaged infrastructure extends beyond housing. We are also building hospitals, health facilities together with new water supply pipelines," said Mr. Al Panico, Head of Delegation at the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies.
The Red Cross has built or contributed toward the completion of 4188 houses in several districts. Construction work on another 5380 houses is ongoing.