Repaired kindergarten to serve 200 children in Ukraine’s conflict zone

Oct 26, 2017

Photo credit: ©Ievgen Podorozhnyi / UNDP in Ukraine

25 October 2017, Svitlodarsk, Donetsk Oblast – The United Nations Development Programme in Ukraine (UNDP) and the government of Japan have repaired the roof of a kindergarten in the frontline city of Svitlodarsk in Donetsk Oblast.

Kindergarten No. 10, “The Rainbow”, was severely damaged by shelling during military hostilities in the winter of 2015. Due to shelling and long-term exploitation, the building’s roof was seriously damaged, which resulted in frequent leaks. Around 70 children attend the kindergarten, which has a staff of 30 employees. The kindergarten has facilities for up to 200 kids.

“Over the past two years, the kindergarten received over UAH 5 million (USD 190,000) for renovation work from various organisations, institutions and donors. That shows we have not been left alone with our problems. Children are the most important thing in our lives, so we have to do everything necessary to ensure their comprehensive development, whatever the difficulties,” said Olena Antonenko, the director of kindergarten No. 10.

In June 2017 UNDP, with financial support from the government of Japan, started repair works at the facility. The entire roof of the building was replaced and insulated (1,500 m2) and a new ventilation system and water supply pipes were installed. Construction workers also installed a new fire escape staircase. The new insulated roof will improve conditions for the children and the staff in the building, as well as significantly reducing heating costs. The total budget of the construction work was USD 77,000.

“This is the second facility located near the contact line that has been repaired by UNDP with support from the government of Japan,” said Victor Munteanu, the manager of UNDP’s Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme.

“The kindergarten is a second home to these children, and we’re happy to make it more comfortable and secure. Helping the most vulnerable groups, in particular children living in the conflict zone, is among the top priorities of UNDP in Ukraine.”

Background information:

The UNDP Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme, with support from the government of Japan, has reconstructed 35 socio-economic infrastructure facilities in Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts since 2015, including bridges, pump stations, healthcare facilities, rehabilitation centres, and schools. Another six infrastructure facilities are under reconstruction.

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