Moldova uses 20 million euros donated by Romanian government to restore 774 kindergartens
15:20 | 18.11.2015 Category: Social
Chisinau, 18 November /MOLDPRES/-The Romanian government offered Moldova a 20-million-euro-worth grant to renew 774 of its kindergartens. Thus, with the help of the Moldovan Social Investment Fund (FISM) every second kindergarten in the country has been renovated.
During a news conference today, FISM unveiled the report on the reconstruction and renovation of Moldovan preschool institutions using the Romanian government’s 20-million-euro grant. Attending the event were Romanian Ambassador to Moldova Marius Lazurca, FISM executive head, Mircea Esanu, FISM deputy head, Liuba Cuznetova, representatives of local public authorities, as well as the managers of the beneficiary kindergartens.
Esanu said restoration works had been finished in more than 660 kindergartens, which accounts for 85 per cent of the total number of beneficiary preschool institutions.
According to him, reconstruction works will be finished in 98 kindergartens by late 2015, while 48 other institutions will be left for 2016. So far, more than 72 thousand children attend renovated preschool institutions, which enlarged their children capacity by 5000 new places and created 600 new jobs.
“The grant offered by the Romanian government was used to perform the capital repair of the buildings, renew the roof, heating systems and electricity networks, as well as to arrange playgrounds, renew windows and doors, restore thermal isolation of exterior walls, build new sewerage systems, restore toilets and endow rooms with equipment and furniture,” Esanu said.
The Romanian ambassador said the FISM had made an efficient use of the funds. “Our technical cooperation with the FISM was good, professional, cordial and friendly. It is the largest sum the Romanian government had ever implemented into a Moldovan project, even more than the funds used to build the gas pipeline. Children are more important than gas,” Lazurca said.
According to the Romanian official, the implementation of the grant started on 1 August 2014. The Romanian government could add five more million euros to this grant by late 2015.
The Moldovan Social Investment Fund was created with the support of the World Bank and donor countries to help improve Moldova’s development by management of foreign assistance.
(Reporter N. Roibu, A. Raileanu)