The Salvation Army Builds 205 New Homes for Tsunami Survivors in Sri Lanka

    "Owner-Driven" Homes Provide Relief for Families in nation devastated by
    tsunami and war

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - The Salvation Army is pleased to announce that
it will be handing over 205 more homes to families affected by the Boxing Day
Tsunami in 2004.
    Following the completion of 100 homes in Galagodawatte during the initial
phase of this project, The Salvation Army has recently completed 205
owner-driven house is Ampara and Kalutara while another 48 are in progress. An
owner-driven home is one built in close collaboration with the eventual owner
to ensure that the building meets both personal and cultural needs.

    In addition to 205 new houses, The Salvation Army has:

    -   Established three community centres in Galle, Kalutara and Ampara
        with another two on the way.
    -   Assisted with the formation of eight youth societies that have helped
        almost 250 young people receive vocational training
    -   Supported 181 women and families through micro enterprises
    -   Assisted 470 organizations as they received business planning and
        record keeping training

    "During my first visit only two weeks after the Tsunami struck, I
witnessed the tragedy of this disaster," says Brian Burditt, Director of World
Missions. "As this work continues, we can now celebrate that hope has returned
to many in this country."
    The Salvation Army has helped more than a quarter of a million people
throughout India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka recover from the December 26, 2004
tsunami. A full-time presence in the affected regions since the 1890's enabled
the Army to begin providing immediate disaster relief and emergency assistance
in the form of food, clothing, water, temporary shelter, household supplies
and health care.

    The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began
its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest
non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The
Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday
in 400 communities across Canada and 111 countries around the world. The
Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often
tending to the basic necessities of life, provides shelter for homeless people
and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an
    When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of
marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

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For further information:

For further information: or to arrange interviews with Canadian
personnel on the ground: Andrew Burditt, Territorial Public Relations
Director, The Salvation Army, (416) 845-8231,,

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