This Charter has been adopted in compliance with the Articles of Association of the SOCIETY FOR AWARENESS, FOSTERING AND ENLIGHTENMENT (SAFE), registered in the Republic of Maldives, under the Associations Act (Law No. 01/2003), to regulate the affairs, to identify the duties and responsibilities of key office-bearers, and to establish transparency and accountability in the Society.
The name of the association is “Society for Awareness, Fostering and Enlightenment”, or “SAFE” in short. It is a non-governmental, non-political, not-for-profit and impartial association, having a strict non-discriminatory policy.
Hereafter, in this Charter, the “Society for Awareness, Fostering and Enlightenment” is referred to as SAFE, and founded at the Inaugural General Meeting of 2017.
SAFE has its own legal status and entity, and is registered under no. (CR/34/2017) of the Ministry of Home Affair (now under Ministry of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment) of the Republic of Maldives, and operated within the legal jurisdiction of the country.
SAFE will comply with the rules and regulations set in this Charter, and will respect and work according to the provisions set forth of the operation of non-governmental organisations in the laws promulgated in the Republic of Maldives.
The Head Office of SAFE will be located in Male’, Maldives, but branch offices can be established across the country in accordance with work plans, stakeholder and community needs, and projects undertaken by SAFE or its partners.
Any Maldivian citizen who accepts the provisions set forth in this Charter and wishing to serve the Republic of Maldives voluntarily and without any agendas that violate the provisions in this Charter, can become a full member of SAFE.
The Executive Committee of SAFE may adopt procedures or rules or guidelines for matters not covered under this Charter.
Goals, Aims, Objectives and Jurisdiction
The goal of SAFE is to “work towards the awareness of one’s self and growth, motivating people towards the well-being of the society and self-development, attaining the values of life in one’s self and helping to sustain the values, helping to go forward in life and attempting to create people who are socially beneficial for the society”. We believe, teach and practice MINDFULNESS.
- SAFE is committed to integrating Mindfulness-Based Approaches in mental health, education and community. The programs comprises comprehensively, professional, affordable training and supervision pathways.
- SAFE aims to foster a community of practitioners with the expertise to facilitate mindfulness-based programs in educational activities within the NGOs, community, workplace, family and individuals.
- SAFE is a social non profit organisation based on participatory development, collaboration, research and practice that are backed by data.
- SAFE aim to pioneer a new and sustainable model of community-based learning and mental health by making proven mindfulness based approaches accessible and affordable to all.
- SAFE’s online and in person training are interactive, experiential, collaborative, and draw on a model of participatory development, blended learning, research, practice and skills. An important part of all the activities is developing a daily personal mindfulness practices and organised placements in community, workplace, family and as an individual.
Operational Approach & Strategy
- Having experienced the positive impact of a mindful lifestyle on our own lives, we feel passionate about sharing these valuable skills.
- SAFE is for you and is nourished because of your presence.
- SAFE’s platforms are designed to offer a wealth of insights, advice, information and knowledge. The information presented here is drawn from psychology, neuroscience, philosophy as well as several spiritual traditions. The content is a blend of both eastern wisdom traditions and western scientific prowess.
- All training comply with established mindfulness training standards and participants that are required to develop personal practices via one-on-one to group sessions, video recordings, reflective essays, assignments, presentations and attend regular supervisions/peer supervisions.
- All participants receive a certificate in mindfulness based approaches and membership in SAFE.
- There is currently no statutory registration required to teach mindfulness based interventions, though we observe the Guidelines for Training by our Network for Mindfulness-Based Trainers’.
The organization consists of the following entities:
- Board of Governors
- Executive Committee
- Field Teams
The Founders are the inspiration for the vision of SAFE, with SAFE’s core values being founded upon their passion and compassion for improving the lives and livelihoods of the Maldivian people.
The Board of Governors bring together reputed individuals and role models whose experience and expertise are shared continuously in strengthening governance of SAFE and in attaining the stated goals, aims and objectives of SAFE.
The Board of Governors is the senior decision making body of SAFE. The number of people may increase as per need and requirement.
The Executive Committee is an elected body with a 4 (four) year mandate to oversee administration, projects and programs rolled out by SAFE, through issue-based advice and directives on a continuous basis.
The Executive Committee is comprised of the following members:
- Vice President
- Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
- Chief Operations Officer (COO)
- Chief Programme Officer (CPO)
- Executive Committee Members (five)
Each member of the Executive Committee possesses the right of an independent vote, and will use it in decision making of SAFE.
SAFE activities and governance will be overseen by the elected President, and will have the right of advising vote in decision making of SAFE.
The Executive Committee will lay down bylaws for managing SAFE, approved by (and with the agreement of) the Founders. There will be quarterly meetings and review among members of the Executive Committee.
The roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are as follows:
- To ensure that the goals and mandate of SAFE is followed and implemented.
- To make amendment to the Charter of SAFE, with the approval of the Founders.
- To identify and reach out to potential stakeholders and partners.
- To identify programs and projects that would benefit in achieving the objectives of SAFE.
- To identify areas to implement programs and projects that would have maximum benefit for the people.
- Approval of the Annual Report, Work Plan, Budget and related programs and projects undertaken by SAFE and its partners.
- To consider, assess and examine the reports of SAFE.
- To monitor the functions and activities of the different departments of SAFE and make related recommendations.
Meetings of the Executive Committee will be chaired by the President. In his/her absence, by the Vice President.
The duties of the President will include the following:
- To manage day to day operations of SAFE.
- To forge working partnerships with stakeholders.
- To raise funds for SAFE activities.
- To make legal representation for SAFE.
- To manage human resources, including staff appointments and related matters.
- To monitor program and project quality and impact.
- To prepare and present annual achievements’ annual reports of SAFE.
All office bearers in compliance with the Charter of SAFE, could be reappointed in the following circumstances:
- Passing away.
- Prolonged illness.
- Corruption and/or criminal charges.
- Prolonged absence without reason or notice.
- Violation of the rules and regulations of SAFE.
- Discriminatory behavior and action.
The Administration brings together a team of remunerated and voluntary experts sharing their knowledge and resources towards SAFE on a full-time or part-time basis.
The Administration will be headed by a General Manager, appointed with the approval of the Founders and the Executive Committee.
Field Teams are allocated on a per-programme or project-by-project basis with a clear TOR for the full implementation of the programme or project, endorsed by the Executive Committee, and overseen through the Administration.
Membership is open to individuals and organisations who share the mandate, goals and articles of SAFE.
All members share a common vision, purpose and principles of SAFE.
Membership of SAFE is free, but renewable every calendar year.
Membership of SAFE is comprised of three types:
- Honorary Members
- Associate Members
- Full Members
Honorary Members are allocated by invitation, after careful consideration by the Executive Committee, and endorsed by the Founders of SAFE.
Honorary Membership is offered to individuals only.
Honorary Members of SAFE act as ambassadors for SAFE, and channel their expertise and experience, while pooling their resources and networks to promote the work of SAFE.
Honorary Membership can be awarded and revoked at the discretion of the Executive Committee, with an endorsement by the Founders.
Associate Membership can be through invitation or application, and would involve careful consideration by the Executive Committee and endorsement by the Founders of SAFE.
Associate Members are likely to be trusted stakeholders of SAFE, and continue to work closely with SAFE on issues of common interest and passion.
Full Membership of SAFE is open to any individual who shares the mandate, goals and articles of SAFE, and is willing to follow the rules and procedures of SAFE.
Recruitment and Remuneration
People, sharing the mandate, goals and articles can be recruited in to SAFE. Their appointment must follow the rules and procedures of SAFE.
People will be recruited based on their educational qualification, professional field experience, understanding and adherence to SAFE’s mandate and/or special talents or capabilities.
Priority will be accorded to Maldivian citizens, women recruits and those with special needs.
Salary and other remuneration packages for staff of SAFE will be in accordance with the laws of Maldives.
All other privileges of employees are accorded to standards adopted by similar and likeminded non-governmental organisations operating in the country at any given time.
The contracts of permanent member of staff of SAFE are subject to termination only under following circumstances:
- SAFE is non-operational for a prolonged period, not less than six months.
- SAFE is dissolved.
- Member goes on leave for at least 20 (twenty) days without prior notification or consent.
- Member is found to be involved in activities that contravene the mandate of SAFE or is detrimental to SAFE’s interests, and in the case of breaches of the law or other wrongdoing and/or moral or ethical misdemeanors that could bring disrepute to SAFE.
- Refusal to comply with the bylaws of this Charter.
Budgetary and Asset Usage; Reporting Affairs
Financial and accounting affairs of SAFE are adopted according to national and international norms.
Copies of annual financial reports verified by the financial and accounting standards and norms stated above, will be submitted to all necessary national and international stakeholders and deposited into the SAFE archives.
All documents of purchases and expenses, including inventories and equipment donated and maintained by SAFE will be executed after accurate financial verification.
The fiscal year of the Alliance will be the calendar year, and SAFE is obliged to present its financial report to the concerned government authority on an annual basis.
All the movable and immovable assets of SAFE will be logged and registered under its title, while individuals do not have the right to use or claim these assets as personal, and the individual may not purchase any inventory under personal title.
SAFE is obliged to spend its budget in accordance to Terms of Contract and on specified project activities only, and shall provide an annual financial report at its annual meeting of the Executive Committee, and after it is endorsed, with any other concerned authority of government or other stakeholder.
SAFE may only acquire debts or such obligations with the approval of the Executive Committee, and after arrangements have been made for its settlement, and in accordance with the provisions in this Charter.
Where the proposed debt, or debt obligation amount exceeds the value of existing incomes and assets, it can only be acquired after the Executive Committee has endorsed this, and the same having been passed by a special resolution of the general meeting of the Executive Committee and the approval of the Founders of SAFE.
In the event of the dissolution of SAFE or its winding up, where SAFE’s existing incomes and assets are insufficient to clear the outstanding debts and accounts, these shall be settled by the members of the Executive Committee, with each taking an equal share of the outstanding debt and accounts.
Any disputes among NGO members shall be resolved by mutual discussion and agreement.
Where no amicable solution through discussion is found, the Executive Committee shall make a decision on the issue.
Dissolution and Winding Up
SAFE may be dissolved or wound up after having fulfilled the necessary provisions in this Charter, and a resolution to do so having been passed by two thirds of the vote at a general meeting of the Executive Committee, and having informed of such a resolution to the Registrar of Associations and subject to its acceptance by the concerned government authority.
SAFE may also be dissolved on the order of the government.
In the case of liquidation, amalgamation, divestment or conclusion of SAFE operations, the assets of SAFE will be dealt with according to the concerned articles of the Associations Act of the Republic of Maldives, whereby it will be dealt with in accordance with the provisions set out under Article 31 of the Associations Act of the Republic of Maldives.
Amendments to the Charter
Any changes or amendments to this Charter can be made by a special resolution passed by two thirds of the votes of those present at a general meeting of the Executive Committee, and thereafter endorsed by the Founders. All such changes and amendments will only take effect after the Registrar of Associations has approved the change or amendment.
Any changes to SAFE’s logo, emblem, flag, color or motto shall only be made after approval by the Registrar of Associations.