Despite great advances made by housing programs in Sri Lanka, the need for safe, secure and permanent housing in Sri Lanka is made more pressing by poverty, civil strife and natural disasters such as cyclones, floods, landslides. Nearly a decade after the 26-year-long civil war ended in 2009, many families are still identified as internally displaced persons, living in temporary tin sheet shacks in the north and east of the country. The lack of decent housing for tea, rubber and coconut plantation workers is another area of concern. These poverty-stricken workers live in inadequate housing known as line houses without proper water and sanitation facilities.
Globe Bizz Foundation works with families to build decent, affordable homes which are usually about 51 square meter (550 square feet) in size with two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and toilet. Building their core house incrementally gives homeowners the option of expanding it when funds are available. Under the homeowner-driven construction approach, the future homeowner contributes to the house design and chooses the materials and suppliers while Global Bizz Foundation provides technical support and construction expertise. Families are also trained in the use of eco-friendly locally made construction materials and alternative construction technologies.