The Maldives’ main bank made a donation of MVR 150,000 to Care Society of Maldives, an organisation that provides disability services across the archipelago.
Under Bank of Maldives Ltd (BML)’s “Aharenge Bank” (My Bank) campaign, it made the donation to aid Care Society’s ongoing programs for children and people with special needs.
A special ceremony was held in Care Society, attended by BML’s CEO Andrew Healy, Deputy CEO and Director of Operations Mohamed Shareef, BML staff and the chairperson of Care Society along with its management, Care Training Centre’s teachers and students.
The Care Development Centre (CDC) managed by Care Society conducts classes to teach educational and other rehabilitation skills to people with disabilities and special needs. These classes include the Early Intervention Program for children under the age of six, and the Special Vocational Program for people between the ages of 13 and 30.
The centre also conducts Disability Related Training programs, accredited by Maldives Qualification Authority, for companies and the public.
Regarding the donation, an official of BML proclaimed that the bank gives precedence to the development of various areas of the Maldives, declaring that aiding those with special needs and disabilities is one of the major aims of BML.
“Our aid is targeted for programs that will teach important education and community skills to as many children as possible.”
Care Society’s Executive Director Aminath Naushan Muhaimin stated that BML’s donation will be invested in the enhancement of CDC’s programs.
“Some of the materials needed for these children aren’t easily available,” she noted, saying that every aid the society receives is an added benefit for the children and people it cares for.
BML’s “Aharenge Bank” campaign is a nationwide movement by the bank to strengthen its connections with the public. The bank had earlier declared that it will double expenses for its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs and make investments amounting to total MVR 300 million in 2017.