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9th March 2006


A Market Building for the Island of Kulhudhuffushi


Maldives Aid is delighted to announce the completion of one of the largest construction projects in the outlying islands of the Maldives.   The Maldives Aid project began in January 2005 following the Tsunami when a British company based in Wales,  Shufflebottom approached Maldives Aid with the offer of the Steel Building.  After discussions with a VSO volunteer Patricia based in Kulhudhuffushi a need was identified for an Indoor Market in this important trading island in Haa Dhaalu Attol.


Maldives Aid worked with VSO volunteer to ensure the building met with the requirements of the island community.  Maldives Aid then arranged the shipping of the building to the Maldives, the installation of the foundations and the construction of the Steel structure by Tracey Structures Ltd.  The Island Development Committee has installed the foundations of the building, looked after the UK builders in Kulhudhuffushi and will complete the interior work.


According to David Hardingham, UK Trustee of Maldives Aid: Kulhuduffushi is an important island in the north and I hope the building will help the people of the northern islands to trade their goods and improve their economic situation. Maldives Aid is delighted to have coordinated this project”.


Maldives Aid (UK Charity number: 1108658) was created as a conduit for sending emergency aid from concerned people throughout the UK to Maldivians affected by the Tsunami. Maldives Aid has undertaken long term regeneration projects in the Maldives and will continue to be the main International Non-Governmental-Organisation dedicated to helping Maldivians who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress.

Shufflebottom is one of the largest and most successful manufacturers of steel-framed buildings within the European Community based in Britain.


Tracey Structures Ltd is the company specialised in erecting steel buildings.