The project includes development of seventy two (72) new homes as the first stage of a project to rehabilitate families affected by the expansion of the airport in Suai, a city located on the southern coast of Timor Leste.
The project includes two, three and four bedroom houses and will be built using local materials and local labour. The first stage will be completed in late 2016.
In addition to new housing, CHLI will also be delivering an accredited training program for the local workers, providing on-the-job training opportunities for unskilled workers.
CHLI will work collaboratively with TimorGap EP in providing housing to the affected families and delivering training to community members, allowing them to participate in the construction of the houses.
Through this project CHLI also aims to contribute to the establishment of a local building industry by training local people in its interlocking Claybrick system, also known as Tijolu Kesi which will be used in the construction of these houses.
This system uses sustainable local building materials and will be produced by local labour thereby reducing reliance on imported materials and developing a trained construction workforce to meet future demand. It is estimated that close to 300 local workers will be employed over the term of the full project with majority of them receiving certification, training and employment during the duration of the project. This training program will have a regional impact and make a significant contribution to the growth of the local economy generating employment opportunities for the people.