First Lady Madam Laila Ali has met with the visiting delegation of the Bernardo’s - a children’s charity organisation of UK.

Bernardo’s visit is a follow up of the discussions held in the UK in April this year during Madam Laila Ali’s visit to the Bernardo’s High Close School. During that visit, Madam Laila explored possibilities of seeking assistance on providing alternative care for children under state care.

Speaking at the meeting held at the Official Residence of the President this afternoon, Madam Laila noted that there are a number of children who need special care. She also spoke on the importance of further developing the area of providing special care for such children in the Maldives.

Delegates of Bernardo’s elaborated on the ways in which Bernardo’s could provide its assistance to the Maldives in providing care to children who need special care. Specifically, discussions were focussed on capacity building and staff development.