The entire country of Sierra Leone may be living in the grip of fear of Ebola. But life does go on beyond the two epicenters of the epidemic. We need good news to share right now. Here’s some. Construction on the Rotifunk community Computer Center is on track for its November debut.
These pictures from August 3 show the roof tresses going up. The sheets of metal roofing were purchased. If they arrived, the roof may be going on as we speak.
This project will provide a permanent building for computer literacy classes and small business services. We already have fifty five Windows 7 laptop computers in Rotifunk waiting for their new home and central access for the whole town.
The building is going up with private donations and community contributions of the land, building shell, local materials and local unskilled labor.
You can read more about the project here. I like to call it from tragedy to triumph. When the computer center construction started, I was referring to rebuilding from the shell of a building burned by rebels during the war.
Today, we can also say despite the Ebola tragedy, the people of Rotifunk and Sierra Leone will triumph. They are still hard at work building a better future.
For now, enjoy these construction pictures. I am.
Arlene Golembiewski, Executive Director
Old exterior walls of the building shell were reinforced with an inner wall of new bricks. Once the walls are plastered and painted inside and out, you won’t know it’s a building rebuilt from a fire.
Deep roof overhangs are essential in a place with tropical rains over 120 inches a year.
You can still the charred tops of the original inside pillars – evidence of the fire set by rebels during the war, trying to destroy the town.
Rotifunk today is about 60% rebuilt. With recent construction like a large community hall, a rebuilt hospital, four secondary schools, a new rural community bank, and now a modern computer center, Rotifunk is putting itself back on the map. It’s regaining its former position as a rural hub for education, health care and trade in southern Sierra Leone.