Taiwan has donated five million dollars towards Lithuanian-led reconstruction projects in Ukraine, a Lithuanian Central Project Management Agency (CPMA) said in a statement on 1 June.
The funds will be spent on rebuilding a school in Borodyanka and a kindergarten in Irpin.
The Lithuanian Government has spent 9.8 million euros ($9.2 million) towards the rebuilding, covering the renovation of the buildings, the installation of a shelter in the school and part of the equipment.
The funding from Taiwan will allow the school and kindergarten to improve the environment and provide all the equipment required for the educational process.
According to Eric Huang, Head of the Taiwanese Representation in Lithuania, Taiwan is honoured to accept Lithuania’s invitation to join several projects initiated by Lithuania to rebuild Ukraine. ‘Ukraine is facing aggression from an authoritarian regime on the front lines. We need to strengthen each other to defend our values of democracy and freedom’, said Mr Huang.
A modern, European-style school for up to 700 children will be rebuilt through funding provided by Lithuania and Taiwan. Also, a kindergarten in Irpin will undergo modernisation by adding a third floor, allowing for an expansion to accommodate from 12 to 13 groups of children. As a result, the kindergarten will have the capacity to enrol up to 450 children.
Lithuania is implementing four reconstruction projects in Ukraine: a mobile settlement for 36 Ukrainian families in Borodyanka was recently completed and handed over to Ukraine. The reconstruction of a school in Borodyanka and a kindergarten in Irpin is underway. The electricity supply network in Mykolaiv is also being restored and modernised. Lithuania is actively inviting other countries to join the reconstruction projects in Ukraine.
Prepared on the basis of a CPMA press release