Seven families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) this week received the keys to new apartments in Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhia Oblast, thanks to the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme (UERP) of the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The apartments are located on the ground floor of the city’s oldest nine-storey residential building, which was built in 1965. The conversion of the non-residential premises into apartments began early in 2020, with the technical support provided by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The premises were connected to heating, ventilation, water supply, sewerage and electricity networks, interior decoration of the apartments was carried out, as well as landscaping around the building.
The cost of the renovation totalled UAH 11,326 million, of which around UAH 9 million were loans from the EIB.
Local authorities have received long-term loans for rebuilding infrastructure in nine oblasts of Ukraine under the €200 million EIB programme. Of this, €32 million was allocated for the reconstruction of 30 socially important facilities in Berdiansk, Zaporizhzhia, Melitopol and other cities in Zaporizhzhia Oblast, which accommodated over 53,000 IDPs.
The facilites include four kindergartens, 12 secondary and specialised schools, seven medical facilities, five residential buildings, a Palace of Arts and a Palace of Culture. In Berdiansk, in addition to the housing for IDPs, a secondary school, a senior high school and a dormitory are to be renovated.
According to the EIB in Ukraine, the Ukraine Early Recovery Programme is supporting the reconstruction of 246 facilities across the country, which would provide over 5 million Ukrainians with access to high-quality infrastructure.
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