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Reconstruction finished at Kindergartens in Samac and Sanski Most

by , Posted on 4th Jun 2015

Novak Djokovic Foundation and UNICEF representatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina visited the kindergarten “Radost” in Samac, that sustained damage beyond repair due to the floods a year ago.

Thanks to the donation in the amount of EUR 100,000 we helped the reconstruction of the facility in Samac, and of the kindergarten “Krajiska radost” in Sanski most. Currently the kindergarten in Samac is working to full capacity, attended by 64 children within four kindergarten groups.

The floods that hit Samac last May left nothing but devastation. The beds for afternoon naps, books and toys, crayons and didactic materials, everything was lost in a day. However, the good news is that the facility has been completely reconstructed this year, in early April. The roof and installations have been repaired and modern heating system is now in function.

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We are glad to be here today. We wanted to make sure that the reconstruction of the kindergarten “Radost” went according to the plan and we are ever so pleased to see that the kids in Samac finally have a brand new, modern and nice place to spend enjoyable time with their teachers and friends. As a result of excellent cooperation we have had with our partners from UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina we have managed to reconstruct this facility which was in poor shape, completely destroyed by the heavy floods that occurred last year. Smiles on children’s faces are priceless and we know that we have done the right thing seeing them so happy and thrilled. Our mission is to provide the kids best possible conditions to learn, play, grow up and reach their full potentials. Together with our long-term partner, UNICEF, whose National Ambassador in Serbia is our founder and world’s No.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic, we have been able to give children in Samac a chance to have a carefree and happy childhood – said Maja Jovanovic, NDF project manager.

Ayman Abulaban, UNICEF representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, mentioned that preschool education is the best possible investment.

Today we celebrate successful implementation of our project. We have managed to finish the reconstruction of the facility and I want to congratulate to all who took part in the project. We are very grateful to Novak for his efforts to make the dreams of children come true. We wish him all the best in his professional tennis career and in private life. There is nothing to match the happiness of these children we witness today, and there is no better investment than helping preschool education. Every child has equal chances for brighter future – said Ayman Abulaban.

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Savo Minić, the Head of Samac Municipality, also expressed his gratitude to all who enabled the reconstruction of this kindergarten.

A child’s smile is worth more than anything else in the world – said Minić.

Dane Malešević, the Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska, thanked all for their help and support. He expressed hope that there will be similar projects in the forthcoming period.

I hope there will be more children in the kindergarten, more groups, and that we will have to expand its capacity. It means school classrooms will never be empty in the forthcoming years – said Malešević.

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Vida Stajić, director of kindergarten “Radost” said the reconstructed kindergarten means a lot both to children and to the entire local community.

Thank you for providing a place for our children where they can learn and play with their friends. You have given the children the best conditions to grow up, develop and reach their potentials, and to make new friends, of course – said Stajić who gave us a wonderful present – a special gift box the kids made for Novak Đoković, filled with their thank you messages, together with their drawings.

Thanks to the people of good will who generously donated funds for the flood relief projects, our Foundation has succeeded to raise nearly $1.5 million for the reconstruction of preschool facilities in the flood-hit areas.

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