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Habitat restoration
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As part of its long term tsunami rehabilitation program, Bhoomika Trust was involved in the construction of a holistically designed habitat, including permanent shelters and common infrastructure.

Bhoomika Trust in partnership with SIFFS (South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies) and Philips Electronics India Ltd was involved in the construction of one hundred and seventy five permanent shelters in Tharangambadi, Nagapattinam District. The beneficiaries were involved in the planning and customizing of the construction from the outset.

As a part of Phase I of Permanent Shelter reconstruction, one hundred and eight permanent shelters were handed over to the community at Sathankudi village, Tharangambadi on May 21st 2007. In Phase II of Permanent Shelter reconstruction, 67 permanent shelters in Karan street, Pudhupalayam Panchayat were handed over to the Dalit community on 29th April 2008.

Phase I: 108 houses handed over on 21 May, 2007

Phase II: 67 houses handed over on 29 April, 2008

SIFFS Approach to Housing
SIFFS had adopted a strategy that involved extensive participation from people in all stages of the construction project, ranging from taking an informed choice on the location of their house, to the design, implementation strategy to monitoring the construction process. While total station survey and scientific soil testing were used to decide on the construction sites, a detailed habitat study looked into the life styles, culture, and peoples preferences. A socio-economic survey examined the social and economic aspects of the communities and their aspirations.

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