Enhancing capacities for pre-school education in Caragas village, Slobozia region

Sector: Social

Implemented by: Caragas kindergarten administration, local implementation committee

Duration: June 2014 – March 2015          

Budget: 103,622 EUR

beneficiaries: over 180 children and their parents from Caragas village, local community

Short description: Caragas Village is located on the left bank of the Nistru/Dniester River, 12 km away from Tiraspol. The population of the village is 4,811 people (women – 1522, men – 1220, children – 693, including 280 children aged 3 to 7). The kindergarten “Romanitsa” from Caragas built 30 years ago was never been repaired thoroughly and is the only operational pre-school institution in the village. The roof of the kindergarten was broken and the heating system did not work properly. Two buildings out of seven were closed due to the poor technical conditions. For many years, the high level of humidity in the groups endangered the health of children. The local community and local authorities had no resources to solve the issue independently

  • Capital repair of the roof, replacement of windows and doors, some indoor finishing works to be performed. The kitchen, the ventilation system and the electricity facilities to be renovated.
  • Two new group rooms to be renovated and opened.
  • Increase the confidence of people from local community

Results: With EU financial and technical support, one of the two non-functional buildings of the kindergarten was significantly reconstructed and fully equipped. This included: renovation of the roof, interior and exterior of the building, replacement of electrical, ventilation and heating systems (including boilers), internal and external plumbing, replacement of doors and windows;  including installation of solar collectors. All reconstruction activities were completed in December 2014. As a result of implemented activities 185 children from Caragas village benefit from improved educational conditions, including having for the first time heated water in the pre-school; 50 additional children are now attending the kindergarten; the project contributed to the creation of 4 new jobs. In addition, the implementation of this project contributed to decreasing outflow of young families, creating favourable conditions for life and work of the village inhabitants and increasing confidence between people from both banks of Nistru River. The environmental sustainability of the institution increased due to the newly installed solar collectors for domestic hot water. The expecting savings of electrical energy will 10 300 kw/h annually. These improvements also contribute to mobilization of local population in terms of socio-economic development of the village of Caragas.