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Empowering local communities
The JOALI brand is committed to safeguarding local communities and the environment in which it operates. As part of our ongoing efforts, the JOALI Sustainability Fund was announced in early 2023.
Aiming to support the positive transformation of communities and habitats in the Maldives, the Fund supports a number of locally led projects across four focus areas: safeguarding the planet, fostering wellbeing, creating platforms for women, and nurturing ethical consumption. Our focus is on projects being carried out in Raa Atoll, the beautiful region that is home to both JOALI resorts.
In its first year, the JOALI Sustainability Fund received several deserving applications. After careful consideration, the Fund has granted a total of USD 15,000 to the following five projects.
“GREEN FOR A HEALTHIER LIFE”
At Rasmaadhoo School
By creating its own hydroponic vegetable garden, this school is aiming to promote healthier, more sustainable food options for the local community, in a region where nutrient-dense ingredients are quite scarce.
As part of the project, the school will also distribute seeds and plants to local residents to encourage additional farming as well as develop a separate compost-making unit for further cultivation outside of hydroponics.
At Ungoofaaru School
The Special Educational Needs Program at this school is being enhanced with classroom materials and resources to create a more conducive learning environment for students with special needs.
The project further aims to develop strategies and practices that accommodate the diverse needs of all students, including those with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Ultimately, the objective is to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment where students can better develop their academic, social and personal skills to become responsible and productive members of society.
“FOSTERING THE YOUTH”
AT HULHUDHUFFAARU SCHOOL
At Hulhudhuffaaru School
By teaching students skills like embroidery and stitching, this project aims to open up new pathways for young Maldivians to generate income for their families.
After completing the training course, participants will be able to create different types of handwoven bags which can then be offered for purchase. The income from the sale of these bags could also help students build a financial base for starting their own business.
At Ungoofaaru Regional Hospital
This tertiary care hospital in the Maldives serves a third of the local population. The purchase of a digital radiography system is helping to provide higher-resolution images and enable faster communication between doctor and patient.
These images can also be stored in a digital format and quickly accessed in case of any follow-up procedures in the future.
“JOY OF EMPOWERING WOMEN BY FARMING”
At Dhuvaafaru Zuvaanunge Jammiyya
Dhuvaafaru Zuvaanunge Jammyya is a highly active not-for-profit organisation that works with local councils, schools and healthcare providers in the Maldives.
This project focuses on introducing a hydroponic system that is both easier to maintain and less labour-intensive compared with conventional agriculture. It is complemented by training and awareness to educate the local community on nutrition and how to maintain a balanced diet through home gardening and self-sustenance. By providing economic incentives and educational support, the project will also provide local women with new opportunities for earning income