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6 MAY 2006    

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On the 3rd May 2006,  Maldives Aid the British registered Charity in a small ceremony officially handed over one of the largest buildings in the Maldives to the people of Kulhudhuffushi.

The project has taken over a year to complete and involved the transporting of the steel building from Wales in the UK by sea to the Maldives and then to Kulhudhuffushi. The project has cost in the region of $75 000.

Two Maldvies Aid  British volunteers, Denise Hallett and Carol Lyn Forrester were present with Maldives Aid coordinator, Mariyam Seena to officially hand over the building.

The ceremony was also attended by the Island Chief and members of the Island Development Committee.  However the Atoll Chief Mr. Mohamed Didi refused to attend the opening ceremony. 

According to Denise Hallet, Maldives Aid volunteer "This project has proved very challenging.   We have had many small obstacles placed in the way of getting this building erected and we also had the threat by the Minister of Fisheries Mr Kamaaludeen to remove the building as it had been donated by "Christian missionaries".    This building now belongs to the people of Kulhudhuffushi Island and Maldives Aid hopes that it will continue to benefit them for many years to come. 

“We understood the market building would be used as an indoor market to improve the economic situation of the islanders of Kulhudhuffushi and the northern Atolls."

Maldives Aid have been approached by other local groups in Kulhudhuffushi and further projects are under consideration.