First Lady Fazna Ahmed on Friday night visited the Family and Children’s Service Centre (FCSC) in Kulhudhuffushi City and met with senior officials of the centre. She was accompanied by the Minister of Education, Dr Aishath Ali.

The First Lady toured the centre and spent time with some of the children sheltered there. She held extensive discussions with the senior officials, where she inquired about the challenges they face in managing the centre and potential resolutions. They deliberated on how all relevant stakeholders could work together to meet targets more comprehensively, with the First Lady highlighting that a united effort is imperative for success. They also discussed ways to improve overall efficiency and increased capacity building for the staff at the facility.

Before concluding her visit, First Lady Fazna Ahmed planted a tree at the centre, assisted by one of the children.

Kulhudhuffushi FCSC was inaugurated in 2007 as part of a joint venture by the government and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) in an initiative to decentralise social protection services. The centre provides numerous social services such as psychosocial support, offering temporary shelter to victims of domestic abuse and supporting families that need reintegration, as well as overseeing the transition of clients back into society by helping them find jobs, accommodation and other needs.

The first couple’s current visit to Kulhudhuffushi City is the first leg of a three-island trip to the north of the country. From Kulhudhuffushi City, the President and the First Lady will visit Kumundhoo Island, and then Hanimaadhoo Island of Haa Dhaalu Atoll. Cabinet Ministers, along with senior government officials are accompanying the President and First Lady on this trip.