Huvadhoo Aid is a non-governmental, youth organization located in Gaaf Dhaal Atoll. HAD was founded in 1987 as Hoadedhdhoo Zuvananunge Jamiyya and then renamed to Hoadedhdhoo Association for Development in 1997 following restructuring. HAD’s mission is to achieve rural socio-economic development of youth, women, disabled people and the community, as well as to increase active citizenship and civic participation, strengthen civil society organizations, promote responsible governance, and improve the image of the Maldives throughout the world. HAD also believes that good democratic, equitable governance and a prosperous society can be built only through achieving constructive civic participation.
HAD primarily works to improve the quality of life for Huvadhu atoll population, especially, youth, women, and the disabled. Thus, consultations with local government officials, the Island Development Committee, the Women’s Development Committee, civil society organizations, and the local community are ongoing to develop and jointly implement projects that address community needs. Additionally, HAD’s other target groups – with which they primarily work on capacity building – are other civil society organizations and local communities throughout the southernmost atolls of the Maldives.
HAD is an entirely volunteer-run organization with a total of 273 members. The 13 person executive committee is democratically elected by other members of the organization and is supported by local, national, and foreign volunteers. HAD’s organizational structure encourages leadership, but is also horizontally integrated to allow for members to flexibly interact for holistic problem solving. To effectively manage multiple projects and its expanding membership, HAD is divided into six units managed by executive board members, which are: programme development, project implementation unit, youth and sports development, finance and administration, HAD Biz, and the Male office. Additionally, the executive committee and other volunteers meets at least once a month to discuss socio-economic development issues, social issues, gender issues, and environment issues, and any other relevant community, regional, or national project(s) being undertaken.
HAD is an extremely active organization that maintains, develops, and undertakes multiple projects holistically and simultaneously. To successfully achieve its mission and objectives, HAD runs programs and projects in the areas of environment, employment, education, and healthcare.