UNIFIL-supported children’s playground opened in Shaqra
Four months of efforts of UNIFIL peacekeepers, together with the local authorities of Shaqra Municipality in south-eastern Lebanon, came to fruition this week with the inauguration of a children’s park and public garden in the area.
The project was made possible with US$ 6,600 funding from UNIFIL’s budget and the service of the Mission’s Nepalese peacekeepers.
During the opening of the facility on Tuesday (28 August), the Commander of the Nepalese Battalion, Lt. Col. Narayan Bahadur Thapa, said the park will offer the children “an environment to play and grow freely.”
The Mayor of Shaqra, Ali Saleh, appreciated the efforts of the UNIFIL peacekeepers in giving a better environment for the children of the area. “The children need a safe and open space to play where their parents know they will be safe,” he said. “This project will be very beneficial for the people of Shaqra and neighbouring towns.”
UNIFIL provides assistance to the local population by carrying out small-scale “Quick Impact Projects” like this one that contribute to the stability of south Lebanon, where UNIFIL operates.