The Novak Djokovic Foundation donates 110,000 Euros to UNICEF Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia
BELGRADE, 27 June 2014 - The Novak Djokovic Foundation today handed over a check in the amount of 110,000 Euros to UNICEF. The funds will be used for post-flood recovery and reconstruction purposes by UNICEF Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia.
Gorana Dzudza Jakovljevic of the NDJ Foundation hands over a check to UNICEF Representative Michel Saint-Lot - UNICEF Serbia / Shubuckl / 2014
The donation to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the amount of 100,000 euros, will be used for the reconstruction of two kindergartens, while 10,000 euros in Croatia have been earmarked for the implementation of mosquito control and the procurement of disinfectants in order to facilitate infection prevention, which in flooded areas can threaten the health of children.
"Given that we do not have offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, we decided to donate 110,000 euros for the reconstruction of kindergartens and the procurement of emergency aid packages to the local offices of our long-time partner, UNICEF, especially as Novak is the National Ambassador for UNICEF Serbia. These floods have united the whole region and it is very important now, when the reconstruction is starting, that we stay united and help each other to make the recovery phase as short as possible", said Jelena Ristic, Director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation.
Gorana Dzudza Jakovljevic, the representative from the Novak Djokovic Foundation, handed over the cheque in the amount of 110,000 euros to Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Serbia Representative.
“I want to thank the Novak Djokovic Foundation for this generous donation to UNICEF. The funds will be used to help our neighbours with the reconstruction and repair of two pre-schools and the procurement of disinfection supplies. Yet, this donation will do much more; it will help flood-affected children to regain a normal childhood, to exercise their rights to education and play and to fully realise their potential. It also demonstrates Novak’s genuine commitment to reach out to children in need, regardless of borders,” said Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia.
Funds donated to UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina will be used for the reconstruction of two kindergartens in Sanski Most and Samac. Before the floods, these kindergartens were attended by more than 300 children.
"UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina is very grateful to the Novak Djokovic Foundation for its donation intended for reconstruction and the procurement of school supplies for two pre-schools, which will enable children from Sanski Most and Samac to return to their normal lives as soon as possible. We continue to mobilize support, because we have less than 70 days for the repair of educational institutions and the supply of necessary equipment, in order to ensure the normal start of the school year on the 1st of September. At least 11 pre-schools, 80 primary and 12 secondary schools were reported to be severely damaged and require official assistance for the procurement of equipment and reconstruction activities (based on the requests of the relevant Ministries of Education). In addition, schools will require furniture, teaching materials and other items," said Florence Bauer, UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Croatia, the 10,000 euros are earmarked for the provision of disinfectants and infection prevention, and a contract will be signed in the coming days.
"From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the Foundation Novak Djokovic for this donation, which will contribute to the protection of children’s health in flood-affected Posavina. Thanks to this donation, more than 1,000 children will be provided with disinfectants which will protect them against infection, and provide mosquito protection, which in flooded areas can threaten the health of children", said Valentina Otmačić, UNICEF Representative in Croatia.
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