Playgrounds opened at the initiative of citizens of Mošćanica and Sedrenik

Mar 23, 2017

Starting with today, more than 500 children from the MZ Moščanica and MZ Sedrenik (local communities) will be able to spend time playing and having fun on two new, fully equipped playgrounds. Construction of the playgrounds was a priority for the citizens of these local communities, which they defined as a conclusion at the forum held in the framework of the project Strengthening the Role of Local Communities in BiH, which is a joint project of the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Sweden, implemented by UNDP.

Program for children with entertainers, face painting, balloons, and sweets program was held at these playgrounds today, and the Municipal Mayor of Stari Grad, Ibrahim Hadžibajrić, Chairman of the Municipal Council, Jusuf Pušina, his deputy Irfan Čengić and the Project Manager at UNDP, Majda Ganibegović, surprised the children with new balls for play. Kids from Mošćanica and pupils of the first grade of elementary school "Vrhbosna" played on the playground today and prepared signs to express gratitude for the new playground.

Project Manager Majda Ganibegović said: "Construction of the playground, which will be used by more than 500 kids, is a project that came as an initiative of citizens of local communities. In this way, only a year after the partnership with the municipality of Stari Grad, we have the opportunity to see how voice of citizens can influence positive changes in the local community".

Municipal Mayor of Stari Grad, Ibrahim Hadžibajrić, stressed the successful cooperation with the UNDP, which is actively involved in the inclusion program when it comes to certain social programs in the Municipality of Stari Grad. "On this occasion I have to say that in this year we continue cooperation on the project Strengthening the Role of Local Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the amount of funds that will be provided to the municipality of Stari Grad through the project by the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Sweden in future is around BAM 150,000, and we planned for the funds to be spent on improving infrastructure in our local communities," added Municipal Mayor Hadžibajrić.

The construction of the two playgrounds cost around BAM 44,000, of which the Governments of Switzerland and Sweden provided BAM 34,000 through the project, and BAM 10,000 was ensured by the Municipality of Stari Grad.

"Strengthening the role of Local Communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina" is a joint project of the Government of Switzerland and the Government of Sweden in the amount of 14.5 million BAM, which is implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The project aims to increase democratic and direct participation of the citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina in local governments, strengthen the responsibility of municipal authorities and improve infrastructure and services at the level of local communities.

142 local communities and 25 local governments will participate in the first phase of the project, which will contribute to improving the quality of life of 300,000 people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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