Sarajevo Local Communities Get New Playgrounds

Children in Sarajevo’s local communities of Moscanica and Sedrenik now can spend time playing at 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 a 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 was held Monday at the playgrounds.

UNDP Project Manager Majda Ganibegovic 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 Hadzibajric, 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 KM 150,000, and we planned for the funds to be spent on improving infrastructure in our local communities,” said Municipal Mayor Hadzibajric.

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

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