SOFIA, February 2, 2015 -- Westinghouse Electric Company today announced that it will donate 17,000 Bulgarian Lev to support the re-opening of a local kindergarten in the town of Mizia (Vratsa District) located in northwest Bulgaria following last year’s devastating floods in the region. The donation marks the continuation of Westinghouse’s commitment to the Bulgarian community through its local office in Sofia and ongoing presence at the Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant.
The Kindergarten Detelina first opened its doors in February 1979. Before the Skat River broke its banks in August 2014, the facility’s four rooms accommodated 32 children made up of two mixed groups: 19 two-to-four-year olds and 13 five-to-six-year olds. The kindergarten is expecting three more children in March. As a result of the severe flooding, the children have had to travel to the nearest village every day to co-locate with another kindergarten until their own has been repaired. The Westinghouse donation will contribute towards the re-opening of the kindergarten with new sinks and associated plumbing, window frames as well as new outdoor playground equipment, including such items as an arbor, slides and swings.
“Westinghouse is pleased to support the re-opening of Kindergarten Detelina which was devastated by last year’s flooding,” said Ivan Pironkov, Westinghouse country manager, Bulgaria. “Westinghouse has always been committed to fulfilling its social responsibilities by actively serving the communities where we live and work.”
Yovka Cherganska, director of Kindergarten Detelina said, "The Mizia flooding in August 2014 destroyed the entire property, especially the basement and the ground floor. The garden and all the playground facilities were also under water. With the help of smaller donors, some limited renovation has been possible. However, Westinghouse’s significant donation will now allow us to complete the larger renovations and purchase much needed materials and equipment in order to re-open the kindergarten. This is why, on behalf of all kids and the kindergarten's management, I would like to thank Westinghouse for its compassion and humane gesture. Westinghouse reached out to us just when we needed support. With this donation, Westinghouse will return the smiles of the children and we can continue doing our job in normal conditions."
"I would like to express my personal and institutional gratitude as Mayor of Mizia for the invaluable assistance Westinghouse has provided after the devastating flood in August 2014. Hundreds of people have reached out to us because of the disaster, and their kindness and dedication inspired us and gave us hope and courage which is so urgently needed,” said Dr. Violin Krushovenski, Mizia Mayor. “Your support is much valued especially when it is for Mizia's children. Your generous gesture will enable Kindergarten Detelina to re-admit its students, which, thanks to your donation, will have better conditions for day care and learning."
Westinghouse has a long history operating in the Bulgarian market. Most recently Westinghouse signed a shareholder’s agreement in August 2014 with Bulgaria Energy Holding (BEH) in preparation for the potential construction of a Westinghouse AP1000® nuclear power plant at Kozloduy Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). In November 2013 Westinghouse signed a contract with Kozloduy NPP EAD to upgrade the instrumentation and control (I&C) systems of Auxiliary Building 3 at the Kozloduy NPP. Between 2001 and 2007, Westinghouse successfully replaced all the non-safety I&C systems at Kozloduy Units 5 and 6. Since 2009 Westinghouse’s Sofia engineering office has successfully completed or is currently working on numerous major I&C upgrade projects for customers in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
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