Press Release - Canada extends over MVR one million to the Maldives Government’s programme to support to the homeless and vulnerable 

Malé, 18 May, 2020 – The Government of Canada has extended CAD 100,000 (approximately one million Maldivian Rufiyya) in support of the Maldives Government’s efforts in providing basic services to the homeless and the most vulnerable communities impacted by Covid-19 in Male’, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. 

The Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and the Canadian High Commissioner to the Maldives David McKinnon signed the Contribution Agreement at a virtual ceremony held this afternoon. The project entitled “Shelter and provision of basic needs for the homeless and vulnerable communities impacted by Covid-19 in Male” will be implemented by the Ministry of Gender, Family and Social Services of the Maldives. The project will directly support 400 vulnerable individuals, and will strengthen the capacity of government agencies to provide further assistance.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid thanked Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne and International Development Minister Karina Gould for showing Canada’s extraordinary generosity to the Maldives. He further noted that Canada’s support came at a time when Canada itself is combatting Covid-19 and said, that Canada’s gesture of goodwill to the Maldives “is yet another example of solidarity that Canada is always known for; caring for others, especially the most vulnerable when such care is most needed.”

High Commissioner of Canada, David McKinnon commended the work of the Government of Maldives in supporting the most vulnerable populations especially in the present context of a global pandemic and added that Canada is very pleased to be able to support the timely delivery of essential supplies and services to vulnerable communities and individuals in Maldives.

Minister of Gender, Family and Social Services, Aishath Mohamed Didi, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Ahmed Khaleel, Chief Executive of the National Disaster Management Authority Hisan Hassan, and senior officials from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the virtual ceremony, as well as officials from the High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives.

Note to editors:

See information on the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

Organizations seeking to apply for funding related to Covid-19 please email CFLIColombo@international.gc.ca for application form and eligibility criteria. Note that we will not fund any activities related to the direct medical needs and interventions related to the pandemic.

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Indirani Jayawardena
Political Officer
High Commission of Canada
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Tel: 522 6232 Ext: 320 3352
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