In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Advocating the Rights of Children (ARC) has launched ARC AID, a special programme to facilitate provision of basic food supplies to children affected by the crisis. While many vulnerable families in the country have been hit extremely hard by the Covid-19 crisis, the containment measures have left some of them unable to obtain any income during this period.
ARC believes that no child should be deprived of their fundamental right to adequate food even during this pandemic and ARC AID is established with the aim of mitigating some of the everyday struggles faced by vulnerable families due to Covid-19. ARC AID has provided basic food supplies to over 382 children and their families from 10 islands in 5 atolls through, including children from single parent families and children with disabilities. In this regard, basic food packages and supplies have now reached:
144 children and their families in Male’
54 children and their families in H.Dh Kulhudhuffushi
14 children and their families in Sh. Narudhoo
2 children and their families in Ha. Thakandhoo
9 children and their families in Ha. Uligamu
14 children and their families in Sh. Maaungoodhoo
31 children and their families in N.Manadhoo
33 children and their families in K. Thulusdhoo
30 children and their families in K.Himmafushi
51 children and their families in Sh. Milandhoo
Food supplies covered under ARC AID include rice, flour, lentils, milk powder, tuna cans, eggs, assorted cans of vegetables and beans. ARC AID provides assistance to all vulnerable families with children referred by government authorities, local councils and other NGOs.
ARC AID is supported by contributions from main partners – UNICEF, Dhiraagu and Bank of Maldives. ARC wishes to thank its partners and individual donors for their generosity at this critical time and reaffirms commitment to protect and promote the rights of children throughout the country.