The library at the H.Dh. Hanimaadhoo School has been developed with the support of the national bank, the Bank of Maldives (BML)'s Community Fund. The project was initiated by Hanimaadhoo Zuvaanunge Jamiyya, a local NGO in the island.
With the upgrade, the library now has a special reading corner for SEN class students, additional bookshelves as well as chairs and tables to provide a better environment for students to study. An additional 700 books were also added to the Library, of which over 450 books were procured through the Community Fund while the rest were received as gifts and donations from the community.
The President of Hanimaadhoo Zuvaanunge Jamiyya, Hussain Waheed stated they wanted to refurbish the library to cater for the increased demand for such a facility on the island. By adding new books, more chairs and tables as well as a dedicated space for SEN class students, they had been able to create an environment where more children can develop interest to read and learn, he said.
The Community Fund is an initiative of BML to empower individuals to contribute to their communities through sustainable projects. The Fund supports projects in the thematic areas of education, environment, sports and community development. The Bank is currently evaluating the proposals received for the first quarter of this year.