Fonadhoo (Laamu Atoll)
|Administrative atoll||Laamu Atoll|
|Distance to Malé||256.71 km (159.51 mi)|
|• Council||Ahmed Riyaz|
|• Total||1.68 km2 (0.65 sq mi)|
|• Length||4.000 km (2.485 mi)|
|• Width||0.480 km (0.298 mi)|
|Population (Nov 2013)|
|• Density||1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC+05:00)|
Fonadhoo (Dhivehi: ފޮނަދޫ) is the capital island in Laamu atoll of the Maldives. The island has 3 villages: Barasil (northern most), Medhuavah (in the middle) and Kurigam (in the southern most). The population of the island is around 2000 in 2013.
Most of the people are civil servants or work in Kadhdhoo Domestic Airport or in Maandhoo Fisheries Complex. Some are small scale farmers and others self-employed. At present and since the last decade there are no open sea fishing boats. A few boat owners exist with small reef fishing boats and 2 boats that cargo goods to and fro Male'. The island has low per capita income but has a regular flow of income for which contributes to its slow progress.
Being the administrative capital of Laamu Atoll, the atmosphere is vibrant with a lot of vegetation.
Starting from the days of Bodu Madharusa now the island has a government school which has grades 1 to 12. There are two more preschools (Siraajudhdheen Preschool in Medhuavah and Barru Preschool in Barasil). The island has an average level of education with very few degree and masters holders and no Phd holder as of date.
Most of the history (geological and behavioural) of Fonadhoo and its people have not been recorded. The island is considered a Gaamathee Rah -an island formed on a coral mountain, facing one side to the bay (Etherevari) and the other side to open sea (Fuhtaru-Huvadhoo Kandu). It is believed that the island has a rich culture and is very much related to the history of Maldives.Important historical places in the island include, the Old Friday Mosque, a few sheltered tombs (Magbarah) and left out old mosques and cemeteries in many parts of the island.
One of the important personalities of Fonadhoo include Abdul Kareem Kaleyfaanu of Finivaage. He was among the first batch of Dhaarul Igama(دارالأقامۃ) students. He has served the government for 48 years. Within this period he has sincerely served as the Bodu Katheebu (Island Chief) for 37 years. When he died on 31 July 2004, he was a state pensioner holding the post of Raajjethereyge Khaassa Eheetheriyaa( Special Envoy of the islanders) at the Ministry of Atolls Administration (now Ministry of Home Affairs). He contributed to the literature of Maldives by writing articles of different genre to the Faithoora megazine and several poems. Much of his work is not published. He was married to Aminath Ahmed (Aimina Manike) with 7 children and 13 grand children.
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