26 December 2005
The 26th of December will mark the anniversary of the Tsunami impacting on the Maldives archipelago. Maldives Aid working in partnership with the human rights group Friends of Maldives has sent Aid from the people of Britain to the Maldives and has been working on long term projects requested by island communities.
Current Projects Complete:
- Supplied by air and sea freight 115 tons of Emergency Aid from the UK
- 15 tons of Educational Aid from the UK
- Provided Emergency water to the people of Maabaidhoo Island. 7500 litres brought from the island of Gan.
- Provided over 500 school books to 4 schools
- 2 Computers to Maabaidhoo School
Current Projects Incomplete:
- Supply and installation of Desalination plant to the island community on Filladhoo Island on Haa Alifu Atoll. This will provide fresh water for the island community. Static, a Male’ based company are installing the plant.
- Supply of Industrial/Market building. The building is being erected with the help of Kulhuduffushi Island Development Committee. This will be the first Market Building outside of Male’. The Market will help the nearby islanders sell their produce and will help to improve the lives of the islanders. It is hoped that this will be a model for the rest of the regional capitals. The steel building is in Kulhuduffushi and the foundations have been laid. It is expected the building will be complete in early 2006.
- Renovation project of a pre-school in Gan Mathumaradhoo.
Maldives Aid is fundraising to provide teacher training to Maldivians in order to reduce dependence on foreign teachers. Students will enrol in Mandhu Teacher Training School in Male’.
Despite the tremendous efforts from people around the world, the Maldives are still in the process of recovery. A report by Maldives Aid on the current situation in the Maldives following Tsunami will be released shortly.