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One more contribution of the EU/UNDP action to Chernobyl childrens health and wellbeing

Yesterday another three renovated educational establishments for the youngest residents of Homiel Region were officially opened. A Rehabilitation, Education and Development Center in Chojniki town, Crèche and Kindergarten No.3 in Vietka town, local Comprehensive Primary School in Pykhan village, Vietka District, have been renovated and newly equipped within a joint EU/UNDP action “Combat the Negative Effects of Chernobyl Disaster in Belarus”.

The first event started with an invitation coming from children and parents who live in Chojniki town to visit “the Country of Childhood”. All the participants of the opening ceremony had an opportunity to take part in a local fair, recollect memories of their childhood and make a wish to a Fairy, and, obviously, assess the results of project implementation. The project became an implemented aspiration of parents and specialists of the Center to make the life of children happier and healthier and to try filling it with some joy and bright memories. All the guests visited the classes where the kids demonstrated their everyday life, showed how they use rehabilitation equipment and newly elaborated programmes. The children had an opportunity to also show their achievements in visual arts, music and dances. In the end of the opening ceremony, every kid and every guest of the event made a wish which was put inside colourful balloons. All of them were launched in the sky with a hope that every wish will come true.

– I am happy to see that joint cooperation of the EU, Ministry of Emergencies, UNDP, local authorities and, what is more important, parents and teachers resulted in this successful project. I am touched by your work and work of the center. – said Mr. Antonius Broek, UNDP Resident Representative. More than 10,000 USD have been allocated for the purchase of training equipment for children with special needs from the EU/UNDP side.

In Vietka town the quests were welcomed by its smallest residents in their Crèche and Kindergarten No.3. 4-5 olds prepared a musical called “Our kindergarten is the best”. They surprised the guests by their talents: knowledge of national songs, their dancing skills, number of poems learnt by heart. Children had special drawings for their guests prepared in warm, renovated and newly equipped classrooms.

The project used the allocated 30,000 USD to purchase development equipment and games, playing sets, physiotherapy facilities, to organize repair works in the classrooms.
– The allocated funds are invested in our future – our children. I hope that these cosy rooms will contribute to taking care of children’s health who live in Chernobyl affected areas, – said Mr Jean-Eric Holzapfel, Charge d'Affaires a.i.

Thanks to positive emotions of the guests and participants, the open ceremony continued in spite of a drizzling rain. The last project site of this celebration of Childhood was a Comprehensive Primary School in Pykhan village, Vietka District. This local initiative aimed at improving energy efficiency in the school thus preserving good health of pupils. The EU/UNDP action allocated 20,000 USD to these needs.

The most active community volunteers were awarded by diplomas and gifts while the pupils in their turn made a musical performance for the guests.

For more information, please contact Alena Sedach, PR Specialist of the project, tel. (+375 17) 256 14 57, mobile: (+375 44) 786 55 56, e-mail: .

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