Under its Community Fund, the Bank of Maldives (BML) has supported to build a beach shed to enhance the beach library ‘Foiy Gaadiyaa’ in Hulhumale’ which is currently open to the public
According to BML, the aim of this project is to find a solution to protect books at the Foiy Gaadiyaa from adverse weather conditions while making the space more accessible for the community. As part of the project, a traditional Maldivian beach shed ‘Haruge’ was built allowing a space to keep the books safe. The area will also be used to arrange activities such as book reading for kids and adults, book clubs, art and craft station, educational projects as well as allow space for schools to arrange day trips for reading sessions during school hours.
The winning proposal was submitted by Children of Maldives, the founders of 'Foy Gaadiya'. As per Children of Maldives, the main focus of Foiy Gaadiyaa is to grow reading habits in the community through improved access to a variety of books for all ages while creating a space for the community to use. With this initiative, the current difficulties it faces are solved whilst creating a space to organize activities, said Children of Maldives.
Hulhumale Development Corporation (HDC) also assisted in supplying additional materials and building the beach shed to complete the project.
Community Fund is a program to empower individuals and NGOs to contribute to their communities through sustainable projects.