Maldives 6 November: Malé city
Meeting with the minister and Malé school visits
Our first visit today was at the Embassy of Japan in Maldives. We were kindly welcomed by Counsellor Mr. Kaneko. He told us about the work of JICA organisation in Maldives and the teacher's volunteer work.
Then we took a moment to feel peace in our heart. Only when we have peace can we share it with others. And we can always find peace, love and happiness inside our heart.
We presented our Certificate of appreciation and a "World Harmony" drawing by the founder of the Run, Sri Chinmoy. We hope this will remind you of our visit.
We hurried around the corner to Billabong High International School, where we were welcomed by many smiling faces.
Ms. Mauro receiving our Certificate of appreciation and a painting for World Harmony. We hope it will remind you of our today's visit.
A big thank you to Ulla-Maija Saikkonen-Mahne, school principal who unfortunately could not be present, for embracing the idea of Peace Run coming to the school.
Now is the time everyone is looking forward to - holding the torch that has been held by countless people in more than 160 countries around the world.
After this we quickly headed back north to visit the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment. People do like to hold our Peace Torch, and we happily oblige.
Saaif (right) has been instrumental in arranging our visit to the Maldives. The ministry also helped with coordinating school visits for us.
Thank you to Saaif for taking the following pictures of our meeting with minister Mahloof.
We were very fortunate to be able to meet with the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment Mr. Ahmed Mahloof.
We explained that the torch has traveled through all the countries in the Southern hemisphere, Maldives being the last country before it returns to Bali, where its journey started 10 months ago.
Thank you very much for helping us bring the Peace Run to Maldives. We do feel very welcome and the Peace Run is embraced by everyone we meet.
Next presentation was at The Maldives National University. Students from different faculties of the university were present and they were young in heart enough to join us in singing our World Harmony Run song, including the actions!
Thank you, Ali, for hosting the Peace Run in MNU! It is always very inspiring for us to meet university students and talk about self improvement and what we can each do for peace.
The flame symbolises a flame we each have in our heart - a flame of hope, love, friendship, peace. And we can always turn to our heart whenever we are in need of peace and quiet.
Thank you for your enthusiastic participation! There was a heavy rain during our presentation so we thought we would have to skip the run in the school's courtyard, but it stopped right on time.
All the teachers, joined by one representative from each class, ran a few laps around. Rifka is leading the way.
After that we found our way to Male Swimming Track. We were invited by Hussein Haleem, an Olympian who is still very active with his running (and swimming) and has founded an academy for kids. It is called Kuda Husen Sports Academy.
This is the floating pool area, situated in a sheltered part of the ocean. When you swim in the pool, you can see fish, some of them quite big we were told.
Abhejali is an Oceans Seven swimmer - 10th person in the world, 4th woman. This is a swimming challenge that includes 7 long ocean swims like English Channel or Strait of Gibraltar. People were happy to meet her.