Ambassador Yovanovitch’s Remarks at the ODC/EUCOM Humanitarian Assistance Project Completion Ceremony at the Starychi School, Yavoriv

October 27, 2016

Dobrogo dnia usim! Rada vas bachyty.

It is truly an honor to be here today, I am thrilled to see the results of the renovation.

This project is so much more than just a simple building renovation.

For nearly 320 children, this school is a second home.

A place where they will make new friends and form life long bonds.

Where they will grow and develop into talented young adults.

Because of the education provided here they will be able to seize new opportunities, and one day chart Ukraine’s future.

These renovations will foster that environment.

Moreover, it cannot be overlooked that a significant number of the school’s students have parents currently serving in the military.

Whether it be here at the International Peacekeeping and Safety Center, or in the ATO.

These renovations are a testament to our collective support for the families who have sacrificed so much in defense of this nation.

For all of these reasons I want to thank everyone who made this possible.

To my colleagues at the Office of Defense Cooperation or ODC: thank you for your hard work and due diligence.

For those unaware, the ODC is a key implementer of the United States European Command Humanitarian Assistance program in Ukraine.

I am sure that this is a very special day for you, as you are finally able to see the fruits of your labor.

I would also like to extend my appreciation to the contractor, AviaBud.

Thank you so much for all of your hard work and that of your employees.

Everything looks amazing, you have a great deal to be proud of.

And finally, this would not have been possible without support and coordination from the school management and local city authorities. Thank you Natalia and Orest.

You facilitated all of the required construction permits.

Arranged for the storage of construction materials and debris removal.

And provided for the renovation of the roof, which was not part of the original U.S contract.

Once again, thank you all for your time, for your hard work, and for your support.

It is my hope that the completion of this project will mark the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship between everyone involved as we work to better this community.