4 March 2016 – This week an official opening of the kindergarten N°6 for children with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) took place in Sloviansk. The kindergarten was renewed by the UN Refugee Agency.

This week an official opening of the kindergarten N°6 for children with latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) took place in Sloviansk. The kindergarten was renewed by the UN Refugee Agency. The project with the total cost of USD 15 thousand provided with heating the institution which hosts local and IDP children and allowed its work during the cold winter period.

This kindergarten is the only one not in Sloviansk town but the whole Sloviansk district, which admits children with latent tuberculosis infection. In 2014, during the escalation of the conflict in the town, this children’s institution was heavily damaged – the heating system became completely inoperative, numerous pipeline ruptures and lack of wrapping led to serious heat losses.

“We are happy to be here today. Without UNHCR assistance the kindergarten would have had to close for winter. Now some 100 children can play happily in warm premises”, said Aslak Solumsmoen, Head of UNHCR Kharkiv Field Office.

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Photo: UNHCR/D. Leontiev

“Children are our future and we have to take care of them today. This is why is extremely important to cooperate to ensure the best condition for children. We are grateful to international organizations which provide assistance to our city in these hard times”, told Vadym Liakh, Major of Sloviansk.

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Photo: UNHCR/D. Leontiev

Currently, 93 children with latent tuberculosis infection attend the kindergarten, some of them are vulnerable children from large families, orphans, IDPs. Mainly, they have poor health and need to stay in warm premises. After completion of repair works, the heating system was completely renewed and children could attend the kindergarten both during the warm season and during the cold autumn and winter. It stands to mention that the main repair works were finalized in January.

“The repairs helped to keep the premises of the kindergarten, but also our wonderful team which takes care of every child as our own”, added Olena Minayeva, the Director of the kindergarten.

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Photo: UNHCR/D. Leontiev

The project was funded by the UN Refugee Agency in cooperation with the Education Department of Sloviansk city council. Is one of UNHCR Quick Impact Projects (QIP) aimed at peaceful coexistence between IDPs and hosting communities. In general, the Agency developed 4 QIPs in Northern Donetsk for total amount of USD 40 thousand.

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Photo: UNHCR/D. Leontiev