Anantara Maldives signed an MoU with the ministry of gender, family and social service at Anantara Dhigu on March 3. The document, signed by minister Sidhaatha Shareef, gives government support and recognition to Anantara Maldives’ MINOR Hope CSR programme for underprivileged children. 

“You are really showing us the way forward as an example of a working CSR programme for the tourism industry,” said minister Shareef. “It’s really an inspiration to see companies like you stepping up – especially in a country like the Maldives, which is dependent on the tourism industry.”  

Launched in 2017, the programme offers three-month internships at Anantara Dhigu, Anantara Veli and Naladhu Private Island to children from Kudakudhinge Hiya orphanage. The programme exposes children to all aspects of resort operations as they spend two weeks in each department. 

Upon completion, eligible candidates are given a further opportunity through MINOR’s Explorer Programme, a 12-month internship at the candidates’ preferred department. The programme has seen five graduates – two of whom have gone on to full-time permanent positions.