A Community Hub was launched in Baa.Maalhos under the Premium for Good initiative on 30th August 2018

Premium for Good is an initiative launched by Allied Insurance in which when customers from Allied Insurance pay their premiums, they can request up to 25% of their premium to be invested in a socially responsible project. Under this initiative together with UNDP Maldives and Ooredoo Maldives, Allied Insurnce launched a Community Hub in Baa.Maalhos on 30th August 2018.

Five Computers were donated by Allied Insurance, and Internet was provided by Ooredoo Maldives with the target of achieving Sustainable Development Goals, mainly contributing to Goal 4 (Quality Education) and Goal 10 (Reduced Inequalities).This project will ensure that  vulnerable communities are able to acquire technological skills, broadening their horizons as people, and preparing them for jobs which require computer literacy.

There were four main areas that the trainings would focus on which was identified in a reserch done by UNDP Maldives.

1. Hospitality and Tourism
2. Digital Literacy
3. Community Building and Legal awareness
4. General Skills

Baa.Maalhos was chosen for the pilot island with consideration to their receptive council. All partners agreed to expand this project to more islands and to work together  during the coming months to make it a success.

Speaking at the opening ceromony, Assistant Resident Representative, Aishath Rizna from UNDP Maldives highlighted the importance of partnership and a good supportive council to make project such as Community Hubs work. 

Mr Ahmed Shabiq,Head of Marketing from Allied insurance, stated that they would be willing to expand to more islands. This is just a start and they have plans to develop more community hubs under the premium for Good initiative.He also highlighted the importance of providing Quality Education. 

Hussein Niyaz, Director of Sales and Brand, Ooredoo Maldives stated, "We’re truly pleased to be part of the Community Hubs program, which is very much in alignment with our vision of enriching lives through digital. Learning digital skills is a crucial step towards partaking in and benefiting from today’s digital world. Ooredoo is also excited to open up internship opportunities for young people who receive training through Community Hubs, providing them with a great platform to get real experience in the corporate field. " 

Representing the Council, Abdulla Shujau the President Atoll Council talked about the importnance of education and how the islands growing tourism would benefit from this intiative. He stated that the island would see an increase of 40 beds by the end of the year 2018.