ZAGREB, Sept 10 (Hina) – A state-of-the-art kindergarten built in Croatian-US partnership was inaugurated in Sisak on Thursday by Ambassador Robert Kohorst and Mayor Kristina Ikic Banicek.
The Sunce kindergarten is worth HRK 8.5 million and the US government co-financed it with HRK 4. million, which was used to build the structure, while the town paid for its equipment and a playground.
Eighty-five preschool children are attending the kindergarten.
Present at the inauguration, among others, were high US army envoys in Croatia and representatives of Croatia’s Defence Ministry and Armed Forces General Staff.
Ambassador Kohorst said he was glad to be in Sisak today to witness such a beautiful event.
He said the US was proud that its military recognised the need to build a kindergarten in Sisak and that the US government concluded the deal with local contractors, who built the structure.
Kohorst said he was glad the US military had a humanitarian aid programme within its portfolio and that it initiated the construction of the kindergarten with $710,000.
He added that the kindergarten was a symbol of Croatian-US friendship which was and would be very important for both countries.
The mayor thanked him for the donation and underlined the importance of the new building, saying the previous premises were inadequate.
“Two years passed since the first contact with the Embassy, i.e. the US government, and the opening of the kindergarten. I believe this isn’t the only one, that there will be more projects like this. Now we have a modern building and happy children, parents, and teachers.”
Headmistress Sandra Kramaric also thanked the Americans. “We had been waiting for a new kindergarten for 20 years. Today we are proud of the new building.”