A fresh batch of children living at the country’s main orphanage has joined Anantara Maldives under its ‘Minor Hope’ CSR programme.
At a ceremony held at Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort Sunday morning, Anantara Maldives’ Cluster General Manager Coetzer Deysel and gender minister Shidhaatha Shareef signed an agreement to carry out the programme for another batch of children. Two children living at Kudakudhinge Hiya orphanage were also inducted into the programme.
Speaking at the ceremony, minister Shidhaatha expressed her sincere gratitude to Anantara Maldives for embarking on such a noble initiative, adding that such an initiative would help the lives of disadvantaged children growing up in orphanages so much better.
“This is not only a ‘minor hope’ for these children, but an example for the rest of the tourism industry. As tourism is the main economic activity in our country and we rely so much on this industry for our livelihood, I hope others will follow suit and support the children through similar initiatives,” the minister said.
“I’m happy to see one of the participants of this programme already employed here at the resort.”
First launched in 2017, Minor Hope aims to provide a chance for kids at orphanages to undergo a three-month internship programme at Anantara Maldives resorts in order to explore the hospitality industry for their future career growth. Candidates who complete the three months and fit the requirement of the job are enrolled for a one-year internship programme within the Explorer vocational hotel training programme.
Minor Hotel Group currently operates five properties in the Maldives, including three resorts under the Anantara brand — Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort, Anantara Veli Maldives Resort, and Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas. Naladhu Private Island Maldives and Niyama Private Islands Maldives are also run by the Thailand-based hotel group.