On Wednesday, June 24, LTC Jay Smith, Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria, and Silistra Mayor, Mr. Yulian Naydenov, will inaugurate the recently renovated Toddlers’ Kitchen in the Municipality of Silistra.
The U.S. Government invested $120,000 USD in this project. The staff of the Toddlers’ Kitchen used the funds from the U.S. Humanitarian Assistance program, together with support from the Municipality, to renovate the facility in the town that provides around 1,000 meals for 430 babies on a daily basis. Among the renovations were replacement of all windows and doors, repainting the façade, replacement of wall and floor tiles, and installation of a new ventilation system, water lines and sinks and heaters.
In the last five years, the U.S. government has invested more than $3 million USD in Humanitarian Assistance Program projects in Bulgaria. These projects often bring together American and Bulgarian military troops, who jointly volunteer their labor. Also under this program, the U.S. government partners with non-governmental organizations and local Bulgarian firms to fulfill these projects in accordance with Bulgaria’s social and economic development strategy.
Media are invited to cover the ribbon cutting ceremony, which will take place at the Toddlers’ Kitchen, from 1030 a.m. until 1130 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24. The facility is located at 20, Tsar Shishman Street, Town of Silistra.