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30 houses handed over to tsunami-affected families

Unilever Sri Lanka Limited handed over the keys of the newly built housing project to thirty people at Monrovia Estate in Hikkaduwa

In fulfilling the pledge to uplift and rekindle the hopes and spirits of those who suffered at the hands of the tsunami, Unilever Sri Lanka Limited handed over the keys of the newly built housing project to thirty people at Monrovia Estate in Hikkaduwa last week.

The entire housing project consists 50 houses of which 20 are in the process of being completed. The construction is scheduled to end in early April

A simple ceremony was held to mark the handing over of the houses to a group of people, who were affected by the tsunami, according to a priority list prepared by the government agent. The selected people are residents of Hikkaduwa Pradeshiya Secretarit Division.

“With the aim of bringing vitality to life, we began building two housing projects, one at Hikkaduwa and another at Trincomalee. We believe in providing support to restart their life and plans are underway to help the people with their livelihoods, said Director Human Resources & Corporate Relations, Dr. Anura Ekanayake.

“The company will be providing financial assistance and equipment to restart livelihood and have also have identified areas of interest. We encourage them to start self employment projects to enable them to stand on their feet,” he said.

A total of 150 houses will be built with the construction to be completed by April. Each unit will be on ten perches with two rooms, a kitchen, a living room and a bathroom costing Rs. 650,000 each. The occupants will be given home appliances worth Rs. 3,500.

The land for the housing project was granted by the government, which also provided water and electricity. Under the corporate social responsibility programme, Unilever has embarked on a number of social service projects to help the needy in the country.

Unilever Sri Lanka Ltd.

258 M. Vincent Perera Mw

Colombo 14

Sri Lanka

+94 (0) 11 4700 800

communications.usl@unilever.com

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