Monday, December 04, 2006

Smyrna Fellowship builds 111 new houses

The Smyrna Fellowship of Nuwaraeliya NGO has constructed 111 permanent houses in Ahathikulam, Alayadivembu D.S. division. The houses were constructed, at a cost of Rs. 850,000 per house, for families whose homes were destroyed by the tsunami at Sinnamuhathuvaram, Alayadivembu and who, until now, had been living in temporary shelters.

Smyrana Fellowship started this project in February, 2006, taking only ten (10) months to complete the houses on 37 acres of land purchased for this purpose with funds obtained from Sweden. Mr. Leif Grund, his wife, and two daughters donated a major part of the fund around $100,000, while PMU Interlife of Sweden contributed the balance of the funding.

A function was held at the housing project on November 29th to hand over the legal documents (deeds) and the keys of the houses to the beneficiaries. The Additional District Secretary and Divisional Secretary - Alayadivembu were present along with Smyrna Fellowship Chairman Rev. P. Krishnarajah, Founder Rev. Selvarajah, and Donor Mr. Leif Grund.