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USAID Rehabilitates Kennedy Building at FBC

31 May 2007 at 19:21 | 360 views

By Jonathan Leigh, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

The United States Ambassador to Sierra Leone,
Ambassador Thomas N. Hull, has launched the rehabilitation exercise of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Building commonly
called the JFK Building, at Fourah Bay College (FBC),
University of Sierra Leone.

The rehabilitation project, costing $220,000 (approximately Le660,000,000), is funded by the United States Agency
for International Development (USAID). “As a result of
this grant,” the Ambassador said, “the JFK building
will soon be shining magnificently once again high
above Freetown as a distinguished landmark, a center
of excellence, and a symbol of American commitment
to Sierra Leone.

USAID constructed and handed over the JFK Building to
FBC in 1963. The building was named in memory of
the 35th President of the United States of America who
was assassinated the year the building was
constructed. USAID’s assistance to the Government of
Sierra Leone (GoSL) through donations to FBC at that
time also included an additional faculty building and
staff residences. USAID is proud to rehabilitate the
building that it had originally built after over four
decades of use for the building of the human capital
of Sierra Leone.

United States foreign assistance to Sierra Leone
promotes security, restores good governance through
democratic policies and institutional reforms, and
reconstructs the economy. USAID’s support to
rehabilitating the JFK Building is one of many
mechanisms it has employed to achieve US foreign
assistance goals.

The goal of the project is two-fold:
to enhance the learning environment at a tertiary
level and to provide short-term youth employment
opportunities. As a host to departments and faculties
that contribute to building a just, peaceful and
democratic Sierra Leone through training and research,
the JFK building will be a more conducive space for
teaching and learning after the rehabilitation.

CARE Sierra Leone and Catholic Relief Services, are
USAID’s implementing partners for this initiative. The
rehabilitation will include such activities as
cleaning, painting and scrapping the exterior walls
and panels; painting, repairs and replacement of many
doors, ceilings, windows and window panes; and some
repairs of the toilets and water facilities and
electrical fittings of the entire eight-story
building.

The rehabilitation of the JFK Building will provide
short term job opportunities for young men and women,
with one third of the work force comprised of
“unemployed youth.” This provision pursues the goals
of the youth employment initiatives of both the GoSL
and USAID.
The three-month rehabilitation project will commence
June 2007.

Photo: Part of Fourah Bay College campus. The Kennedy building is in the background, on the right.

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