Initiated prior to the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan as a joint effort by the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), the National Boating Association of Maldives (NBAM), Male’ Aerated Water Company - Coca Cola, and Manta Air to provide food packages for 500 people whose lives have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The team confirmed that they have delivered more than 15,000 packages to expats and locals in facilities maintained by the government in various locations.
The collaborative work has shown an outstanding example of community support, while continuing to expand and increase the number of deliveries. This service will go on until the end of Ramadan. Despite the unfavourable weather conditions at times and other challenges, food is prepared and delivered for every meal time in coordination with focal points and support from Salsa Catering, says MATATO.
Doors are open for those interested in make any contributions to this service.
Interested donors can join the scheme and support the cause:
by contacting the number (+960) 7771893
contributions via BML or CBM to the following bank account numbers.
Account Name: MATATO RELIEF FUND
Account Number: 7730000319650 (MVR)
Account Number: 7730000319651 (USD)
Bank: BANK OF MALDIVES
Account name: MATATO COVID FUND
Account Number: 1602011842 (MVR)
Account Number: 1602011846 (USD)
Bank: Commercial Bank of Maldives - CBM
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, local travel agents and liveaboards, advocate the importance of tourism for all, along with greater benefits for local communities, local people and local businesses.