The Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO) and the National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM) with support from Coca-Cola Maldives are mobilizing to provide food to support the locals and expats who are being sheltered by the government in Malé and Hulhumalé.
With the holy month of Ramadan beginning this Friday, hundreds of individuals are left without shelter and a consistent source of sustenance. Without support from the Maldivian community, many are at risk of malnutrition, disease, and starvation without access to food and medical supplies. Given the gravity of the global pandemic and its severity in the Maldives, both MATATO and NBAM are mobilizing its members to contribute in alleviating the current situation.
Together with the Malé Aerated Water Company (Coca-Cola), the two associations are taking initiatives to provide food for 500 individuals for the next 30 days. The associations have identified one kitchen in Malé with the support of Salsa Catering, and are currently in the process of selecting a kitchen in Hulhumalé.
The associations have been in constant dialogue with relevant authorities regarding the challenges posed by the global pandemic, in order to find solutions together. The meal packs will be delivered to individuals in these shelters with support from the authorities.
MATATO and NBAM are both non-profit NGOs committed in working over the last ten years towards local empowerment. Both associations representing the majority of SMEs of local travel agents and Liveaboards, that advocates the importance of tourism for all, by greater benefit to local communities, local people and local businesses.
The associations are hopeful that other donors would join the scheme and support the cause.