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A contract, valued at $6.2 million, was signed Tuesday (May 12) between the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) and the Bath Community Development Council Benevolent Society (BCDCBS) for the construction of a canteen and rehabilitation of the Ginger Hill Basic School.
JSIF’s General Manager Technical Services Omar Sweeney, speaking at the signing ceremony at the Fund’s offices, New Kingston, noted that the project is being financed by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
“The good news for Jamaica is that the project will be funded by a grant. But, never the less, we have the same level of responsibility for the funds and to ensure that we get value for work,” Mr. Sweeney added.
He said that JSIF was looking forward to working with the BCDCBS in carrying out the project.
The scope of works involves rehabilitation of the existing school and construction of and equipping of the kitchen facility. This will include minor demolition works; upgrading of electricity to meet the Jamaica Public Service Company’s standards; provision of an emergency exit; supply and installation of play equipment; and the painting of the existing school building.
Other activities include replacing doors and window frames; applying waterproofing to existing roof; installation of gutters and downpipe; provision of water tanks; installation of chain link fencing and installation of new sanitary fixtures.
Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas Dr. Fenton Ferguson, congratulated JSIF Staff on the work that they have been doing, while noting that it is one of the public sector institutions that has distinguished itself over the years in terms of professionalism.”
He also assured JSIF that the BCDCBS has a good track record of project implementation.
“So I have all the confidence in them and I believe that they are your best partner,” Mr. Ferguson said.
President of the BCDCBS, Miss Devon Nelson, said that the community was looking forward to the work to be done on the school.
“Having this is going to open a lot of doors because, presently, we are very inconvenient, in that we have to be using the community centre to cook meals for the children. We have a project that is to kick off, and we are not able to do so because the facilities are being used. So we are very grateful for such a move,” Miss Nelson said.
The project is scheduled to be completed in 10 months. Approximately 70 students attend the Ginger Hall Basic School.

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