Top fashion retailer ODEL recently completed its ‘ODEL 20-20 Build’ programme to construct 20 houses for needy families to mark the company’s two decades in business, a milestone it achieved in 2010.
Ten of these houses were funded entirely by the ODEL Foundation, while 10 teams of volunteers from ODEL worked for a day at each of the 10 sites where the other houses are located to help complete them, the company said in a press release.
Led by ODEL founder and CEO and Habitat for Humanity Ambassador Otara Gunewardene, the ODEL 20-20 Build project, which took over six months to complete, was implemented with Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka. The recipients of the houses were identified by he NGO.
This Christmas, Ms Gunewardene personally handed over nine houses fully funded by the ODEL Foundation to recipient families in Bandaragama. The other house was built by the Foundation in Ampara. The lands for the houses built with ODEL funds were bought by the YWCA Moratuwa.
Tony Seneviratne, National Director Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka said: “The commitment of ODEL and its volunteers to the cause of building decent houses for needy people is exemplified by this project. Efforts such as the ODEL 20-20 Build illustrate how caring corporates can meaningfully support Habitat for Humanity to improve the quality of lives of many deserving families.”