25 April 2007, Kyiv region. Sports and Recreation Centre was opened in Borodyanka, revealing an outstanding partnership result between local authorities, entrepreneurs and international donors for the communities in one of Ukraine’s Chornobyl-affected areas. b_170_128_16777215_00_images_content_news_909.jpg 25 April 2007, Kyiv region. Sports and Recreation Centre was opened in Borodyanka, revealing an outstanding partnership result between local authorities, entrepreneurs and international donors for the communities in one of Ukraine’s Chornobyl-affected areas.
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The opening ceremony has been dedicated to the 21th commemoration anniversary of Chornobyl disaster. Borodyanka is located in the 4th zone (zone of strict radiation control). The Sports Centre at Borodyanka Secondary School No 2 was constructed in a record short time: in eight months since the District State Administration started the construction works responding to the needs of the local communities and the school’s 800 children. The Centre has a swimming pool which is one of the biggest pools in the region. UNDP-led Chornobyl Recovery and Development Programme (CRDP) financially supported the construction by offering 125,000 hryvnias in its role as the UN’s global development network. Since 2002, UNDP/CRDP has implemented 20 successful projects in Borodyanka district alone.

Ms. Joanna KAZANA-WISNIOWIECKA, UN Development Programme Deputy Resident Representative in Ukraine and a delegation from UNDP Ukraine participated in the opening ceremony alongside with UNDP’s partners – Mr. Dmytro PETRUCHENKO, the Head of Borodyanka District State Administration and Ms. Antonina ISHCHENKO, Department Chief of Emergencies Ministry of Ukraine.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ms. KAZANA-WISNIOWIECKA underlined that the United Nations continuously advocates recovery and local development strategy within Chernobyl affected areas and promotes healthy life style among Chornobyl affected population. “I really want to commend the people involved in successful implementation of this project because they provide the exceptional support and the inspiration urgently needed in our efforts to help people realize their potential. We have witnessed an exceptional cooperation between local authorities, private sector, communities and international organizations – something that we would like to see replicate in other regions throughout Ukraine,” she said.

The project’s overall budget was over 1mn hryvnias. District State Administration funded 213,000 hryvnias while over 900,000 hryvnias came from private investors. As a result, local children and youth will have an access to modern small-sized swimming pool - the only one in the northern part of Kyiv region. Working as a social type enterprise, it is expected that the Centre will operate as a self-sufficient unit through offering commercial service during evening time and will contribute to the overall social and economic recovery of Chornobyl affected communities.

“We, in Borodyanka, should not wait when the destiny grants us a good life, but we should take initiative in our own hands, work hard, and improve our lives ourselves. Our joint performance – by the authorities, the local community and the businesses – generates the best results,” Mr. PETRUSHENKO said.

One of the project’s implementing parties was Borodyanka-based Agency for Regional Economic Development, which was established in June 2005 with the support of UNDP/CRDP. The Agency’s main mission has been contributing to the district's sustainable socio-economic development, in particularly, and Kyiv region, in general, promoting effective implementation of the national, regional, local and international projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the local population.


Photo report from this event is available here.

CRDP operates in 17 districts in the four regions in Ukraine – Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Chernihiv and Rivne – which were hit by Chornobyl worst of all.

For more information, please, contact Mr. Mykola Movchan, UNDP/CRDP, at: (+380 44) 253 07 08 or by E-mail: mykola.movchan@undp.org.ua