Mariupol, Ukraine, 18 November 2021 – A delegation of officials from the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on 17-18 November 2021 visited two newly opened facilities in the Donetsk Oblast coast city of Mariupol – Nursery No.106 and Livoberezhnyi social rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities.
The projects to overhaul the facilities were jointly funded by the EIB and from the city and oblast budgets under the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme, a EUR 200 million multi-sector framework loan. The programme also has an EU grant-financed technical assistance component of EUR 1.5 million, and is implemented jointly by the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development and local government bodies, with technical support from UNDP.
Nursery No.106, located at 25A Kuprina Street, Mariupol, now has an inclusive group of 25 children, two of whom have special educational needs, and 21 of whom are the children of ATO/JFO combatants. The two-storey building, which was built in 1973, was completely refurbished, with the replacement of the roof, windows, internal heating system, ventilation systems, and water supply and sewerage networks. The work also included landscaping and the installation of fencing.
The total cost of the project (including equipment) was over UAH 69.56 million (around EUR 2.318 million at the current exchange rate), of which the EIB contributed UAH 49.5 million (around EUR 1.65 million). Another UAH 17.1 million (around EUR 570,000) came from the oblast budget, and UAH 2.96 million (EUR 98,670) from the city budget.
Greeting the delegation, Mariupol City Mayor Vadym Boychenko said: “Mariupol is developing with thought and care for everyone. The main goal is for all residents of our city to have equal opportunities for development. Our international partners help in this. In particular, together we create a safe, comfortable and barrier-free educational environment for the comprehensive development of our children and their quality rehabilitation. A striking example of this is the modernization of Nursery №106, which creates modern conditions for children, as well as the Livoberezhnyi social rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities, where they can receive quality support not only in health but also in socialization. Together, we’re building a Ukraine of equal opportunities.”
The second project involved major repairs to Livoberezhnyi social rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities, which is located at 20A Meotydy Street in Mariupol.
The Mariupol Territorial Community has 1,700 families who can use the services of the social rehabilitation centre for children with disabilities, including 200 families in the category of internally displaced persons. The overhaul of the centre has more than doubled its capacity, from 80 children with disabilities aged two to 14 per year, to up to 200 children with disabilities aged from under one to 18 per year. The number of staff has been increased from 10 to 17.
The total cost of the project is nearly UAH 44.1 million (around EUR 1.47 million), of which the EIB contributed UAH 32.4 million (EUR 1 million), and the city budget UAH 11.7 million (EUR 390,000). Work carried out included equipping the centre building with two lifts for children with disabilities, and improving the adjacent territory. The project also provided a vehicle specifically equipped for transportation of children with disabilities.
During the visits, Roy Draycott, Senior Sector Specialist of the Regional Development Division at the Resident Representation of the European Investment Bank in Ukraine, stressed that the EIB, as the EU Bank, actively supports the recovery of social infrastructure in Ukraine.
“Improved and modern infrastructure is a major investment in the future of communities in eastern Ukraine,” Draycott said. “These two renovated facilities in Mariupol give the children and their parents more chances to learn and to be treated in a comfortable and supportive educational and clinical setting.”
Lesia Didenko, Deputy Head of Department of Regional Development Priority Projects Implementation at the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine, stressed the importance of local authorities’ partnership with the European Investment Bank and UNDP in Ukraine within the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme.
“Our goal is to provide Ukrainians with equal and barrier-free access to social infrastructure,” Didenko said. “And the modernization of buildings and the material and technical base of key facilities, such as kindergartens, schools, hospitals, within the UERP is an important step towards this goal. We’re proud of the excellent results we have achieved together with our partners from the European Investment Bank and UNDP in Ukraine.”
Igor Kistenyov-Kavkazkii, Team Leader/Project Manager, UNDP Technical Assistance, UERP, said: “In working to restore educational facilities such as these in Mariupol, we aim to ensure Ukraine’s educational development goes forward in a fairer, better way, with nobody left behind.”
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