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A contract valued at just over $7 million has been signed between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Kiwanis Club of Junction, for the completion of the Buena Vista community centre in St. Elizabeth.
The signing ceremony took place yesterday (Nov.10) at the Russells All-age School.
The Buena Vista community centre was the national Labour Day project, and the work to be undertaken, will complete the rehabilitation of the facility.
In his address at the signing ceremony, Operations Manager at JSIF, Omar Sweeney, noted that to date, his organisation has completed in excess of 500 community development projects. “Our operations span all 14 parishes and represents an investment of over $3.2 billion over a 10 year period,” he informed.
Mr. Sweeney said that many worthwhile partnerships had been forged with both private persons as well as concerned community groups and these partnerships have made JSIF’s work a success.
“It has always been the general belief at the fund that the power of widespread change is embedded in partnerships. National problems or issues necessitate national effort as no one agency or organisation can change everything,” he pointed out.
The JSIF Operations Manager thanked the various groups that had come together to make the Buena Vista reconstruction project a reality.
“The effort involves the Jamaica Defence Force, National Works Agency, Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture and the Social Development Commission. Of course, there are other organisations that have been making their contribution to this national effort and we acknowledge this and we say that we are always delighted to join forces with them when they decide to intervene in communities like Buena Vista,” he said.
When completed, the Buena Vista community centre will be the first facility of its kind in Jamaica as well as the wider Caribbean, as it will also serve as a fully equipped disaster shelter boasting a standby generator, an independent water supply system and a specially constructed roof, which will be hurricane resistant.
The facility will also serve as a venue for meetings, training and other activities as determined by the management committee.
Direct beneficiaries are the more than 400 residents of the community, who will do their part by providing a minimum of 11 per cent of the project cost in cash or kind. The project should be completed within two months.