Ooredoo Maldives today announced that employees from Ooredoo Group have raised funds in support of Child Helpline in Maldives. The donation amount was handed over by Ooredoo Group’s Executive Director – Regulatory Affairs, Mrs. Lynne A. Dorward to the Attorney General, Uz. Mohamed Anil at a special ceremony held in Male’ today.
The company also donated a smart phone and a toll-free Ooredoo number through which children in need can reach out to the Child Helpline. No charges will be incurred by the organisation managing the Child Helpline for the toll-free calls made to the number.
This initiative was carried out in association with GSMA’s partnership with Child Helpline International (CHI) to protect children and guarantee their right to be heard. Ooredoo is among GSMA’s operator members who have pledged to support child helplines in their communities, and is a strong supporter of Child Helpline International’s 'Free Our Voices' campaign to generate public support for child helplines across the globe.
CEO of Ooredoo Maldives, Vikram Sinha said: "We strongly support Child Helpline International’s program, which allows companies in the mobile industry to demonstrate the strong and positive impact of mobile technology, and the positive role it can play in promoting children’s rights. Ooredoo Maldives aims to further strengthen our relationship with the local child helpline and collaborate on crucial issues for child protection, such as providing a safe online environment for children".
CEO of Minister of Gender and Law, Ms. Aminath Eenas added that: "Thank you, Ooredoo for your support to save and protect the children who needs help. Helpline 1412 is for children who needs assistance, and also to report and save children who needs to be protected. Helpline 1412 - to change their lives for the better"
Children in the Maldives can call the Child Helpline for support or assistance, by dialing 1412. Calls are answered by trained case workers who will listen to children’s concerns and help them to find a solution to their problems. The information shared with the case worker will be kept confidential. If the child is in an urgent situation and believes that they need immediate help, the case worker will ensure that the relevant authorities are informed immediately, and assist in sorting out the situation.
Ooredoo Maldives was amongst the government’s key partners in founding the child helpline in the Maldives, in the year 2009.