Children with visual impairment from Tiraspol have a new kindergarten
More than 100 visually impaired children will benefit from better education and rehabilitation treatment after the only specialized kindergarten in Tiraspol has been entirely repaired. This is the result of the joint efforts by EU and UNDP within a larger programme of supporting confidence building measures between people from both banks of the Nistru River.
In its 48 years of functioning, the kindergarten No. 44 from Tiraspol has never been repaired until now. “We have got qualified staff and the necessary equipment to provide children not only with early education, but also with the possibility to improve their sight and to integrate into the society. But, given the poor conditions in the kindergarten, this was a difficult task to accomplish. The utilities networks were old and damaged, which resulted in energy and heat losses. Moreover, we had troubles because of the broken roof when it rained. We couldn’t have managed to solve these problems on our own”, said Ala Tocareva, kindergarten director.
In a couple of months, the Tiraspol kindergarten for children with visual impairments has changed significantly: the interior and the exterior walls of the building were renewed, the roof was changed, the heating and sewerage systems were replaced, the electric networks were repaired and the doors and windows were changed. All these works were made possible with a budget of 117, 6 thousand euro, 10 thousand of which being the community contribution. The kindergarten was also equipped with the necessary furniture.
Head of the EU delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Ambassador Pirkka Tapiola, who attended the opening ceremony of the kindergarten, mentioned that the kindergarten reconstruction is part of a larger programme supported by the European Union aimed at improving the quality of people’s lives on both banks of the Nistru River and at developing positive relations between them. “I am particularly encouraged by the fact that this project has shown local community in action, as citizens have mobilized themselves and contributed together with the EU and UNDP, to the refurbishment of the kindergarten”, Pirkka Tapiola said.
Currently, there are 40 ongoing social infrastructure renovation projects within the EU-UNDP programme, which have a direct contribution to the improvement of the life quality for more than 120 thousand people from the two banks of the Nistru River. During the last year, 6 social institutions have been renovated in the Transnistrian region, including the kindergartens from Tibuleuca and Ternovca villages, sport centers from Grigoriopol city and Parcani commune and a cafeteria was constructed for general secondary school from Butor village.
“We are very happy that children with visual impairments will benefit not only from good conditions for their education, but also from specialized services for their needs. Such projects contribute to bringing people from the two banks of the Nistru River closer. Achieving good results together adds to their confidence in the future and motivates additional new actions for the benefit of the community”, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Moldova.
Apart from the social infrastructure renovation projects, the EU-UNDP programme provides financial and technical support in four other key domains: business development, civil society development, healthcare and environment protection. The programme is implemented during 2012-2015 with a total budget of 10,600,000 Euro, out of which provided by the European Union (9,500,000 Euro) and UNDP (1.1 million Euro).
Natalia Costas, Communication Consultant, SCBM Programme, phone: (+ 373) 69221141, firstname.lastname@example.org