If we want to make a positive change, we have to start with us.
We believe in taking care of the communities our employees and customers live in. We don’t only provide banking solutions, but through our investments, we support individuals, communities and businesses.
The Aharenge Bank Community Fund is an initiative to empower individuals to contribute to their communities through sustainable projects. Every quarter, 5 winning projects are selected to receive MVR 50,000 to make a difference in the community.
Every year, MVR 1 million is earmarked under this project to work with passionate individuals and NGOs.
Building a stronger financial future will ensure resilient and secure households, communities and economies.
Our financial literacy program is designed to educate people of all ages to make well informed decisions about their personal finances – from opening an account, to saving and investing and protecting yourself from fraud.
We know our most valuable asset is our employees, and we encourage them to share their skills with communities that best suit their interests. Our dedicated and passionate team of volunteers have been on hand at various initiatives including clean-ups across islands and road safety campaign. Today and for the years ahead, we hope to continue creating a culture of giving among our employees.
The sporting community in the Maldives is evolving towards its true potential. At a time like this, we emphasize on creating opportunity in sports – especially investing in youth who aspire to become athletes. We are humbled to be the official sponsor of the Men & Women’s National Football Teams, Exclusive Youth Development Partner of Basketball Association, Nationwide Partner of Swimming Association of Maldives and a partner for the National Tennis Championship.
We donated educational tools to 10 islands to aid special education need students. The donation was made to Kelaa School, Ihavandhoo School, Shaviyani Milandhoo School, Noonu Atoll School, Maafushi School, Thoddoo School, Th. Atoll School, Gdh. Thinadhoo Aboobakuru School, Fuvahmulak Hafiz Ahmed School and Seenu Hithadhoo Sharafudheen School.
The donation has reached and made a positive impact in the lives of 300 students studying and receiving therapies.
We participated in the Global Money Week activities in Maldives by Maldives Monetary Authority (MMA). Global Money Week is an annual financial awareness campaign built to inspire children and young people to learn about money matters, livelihoods and entrepreneurship.
During the week, we welcomed school students to visit our branches, meet our team and gain some insight into the world of banking and finance. We also held financial literacy sessions across Maldives and held children’s evenings in three islands.
During 2019, we donated 60 motorised wheelchairs to individuals with disabilities across the country. We made the donations to individuals who have mobility impairments that interfere with their ability to walk and are also deemed capable of operating motorised wheelchairs.
The initiative, which began in 2017 as part of the Bank’s Aharenge Bank program has now seen the successful delivery of 76 wheelchairs to enhance the quality of life for people living with physical disabilities.
During the year, we further strengthened our partnerships with charitable organizations working to improve our community.
Through our annual Staff Charity Run 2019, we raised MVR 80 thousand for Maldives Thalassemia Society. Our staff also raised MVR 60 thousand for Advocating the Rights of Children to promote their work. We supported Family Legal Clinic and Women in Tech on International Women's Day 2019 to continue their work in empowering women.
During 2019, we supported national, regional and local organizations to conduct sports tournaments and invest in the development of athletes.
We continued our support for national associations and sponsored initiatives of Football Association of Maldives, Swimming Association of Maldives, Tennis Association of Maldives and Maldives Basketball Association. We also sponsored the Maldives School Sports Award to acknowledge school students who excel in the field of sports in national caliber.
We continued our support to the Cancer Society for the fourth consecutive year of Pink Ribbon Run-Walk to raise funds for breast cancer awareness. We hosted the event in 28 islands across Maldives with over 3000 participants. This charity run is the biggest nationwide run to take place across the country.
This run continues to increase public awareness on the issue of breast cancer and promoted the need to be aware of risk factors and the importance of early detection.
Aharenge Bank Community Fund was launched to empower individuals and community organizations to contribute to their communities through sustainable projects, and create a positive impact on the ground.
MVR 1,000,000 was committed to 20 projects across Maldives. Six projects implemented during H2, including:
In collaboration with Total Fitness Group (TfG) we held the fourth consecutive BML Wow Kidz Run. The run took place at Hulhumale’ Central Park with over 2000 participants. Kids between the age of 4 and 13 take part in the event with their parents or guardians.
The participants on the 2019 raised MVR 105,250 for the “Beat Bullying“ campaign by Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC).
We launched Fethun Tharin in 2019 as an initiative to teach basic life skills to people with disabilities. The programme, held in collaboration with Swimming Association of Maldives, Special Olympics Maldives and Maldives Paralympic Committee, is specialised for disabled individuals who lack swimming skills.
During 2019, 30 swimmers participated in the programme in Male'.
We have partnered with the Maldives Basketball Association. The partnership between Bank of Maldives and MBA will see the Bank support the training of young basketball players as well as the association’s infrastructure requirements. Over 1,000 players will go through the program over the next three years.
We are strongly committed to keeping the environment clean and will continue to work to this end with local communities.
We started the day with a special assembly held in Meemu Dhiggaru to commemorate World Cancer Day. We held a series of cancer screening sessions in Meemu Dhiggaru in partnership with the Cancer Society of Maldives. Over 600 people from the atoll were screened during these sessions.
Learning how to make informed decisions about personal finances and savings at a young age is more important now than ever, and our staff are proud to play their part.
We launched a nationwide corporate social responsibility (CSR) program which will support communities based in all atolls. Under this initiative, all of our branches will be allocated a budget to support community projects in their region.The program kicked off at an event held in F. Nilandhoo where our staff donated books to the Nilandhoo Public Library.
We donated learning aids to support the children who attend "Ummeedhu", a special class for students with learning disabilities at the Dhaalu Atoll Education Centre in Kudahuvadhoo.
We donated swimming gear to support the community in HA. Kelaa. We are proud to do our part to promote the development of swimming, with a particular focus on its benefits to the lives of communities as an active lifestyle sport.
We held a special event to support Maldivian Blood Services where a number of our staff donated blood.
We held our annual staff charity run where we raise funds to support charitable organizations in Maldives. This year, we raised MVR 90,000 for the Maldives Autism Association, MAPD and Beautiful Eyes Downsyndrome Association.
As part of our annual outreach activities, we are pleased to continue our support for people with impaired mobility across the Maldives. This year’s program was launched today at B. Eydhafushi where we donated a motorised wheelchair to a young member of the community.
We were delighted to have supported the community of Hulhumeedhoo with a special donation to Nasriyya Pre-School. Together with the community, we also initiated a refurbishment of the Hulhumeedhoo heritage area.
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