The Nimba Association of Massachusetts (NAM) says it is in need of financial help and has, therefore, called on Nimbaians and other Liberians at home and abroad to support its ongoing Nimba Student Center project, according to a press release. NAM is an organization of citizens from Nimba County, residing in Massachusetts State in the United States.
Located in Walker Town, Careysburg, the center will initially host two dormitories — one for males and the other for females – a library and others, including an outside kitchen and a generator house. Each of the dormitories is expected to accommodate approximately 144 students at a time.
According to the release, NAM’s National Coordinator, Fredrick P. W. Gaye, wants Nimbaians, irrespective of tribe or religion, the government, philanthropic organizations and individuals to support the project if some of the difficulties students face in attending Fendell must be addressed.
“Let us embrace this project that our brothers and sisters in the United States have initiated, because it is not only about Nimba; the library and other services at the center will be accessible to the public,” Gaye said.
He said the center is intended to host Nimba students that are attending and expected to attend the University of Liberia (UL) Fendell Campus, outside Monrovia.
Mr. Gaye said the Association, with the cooperation of Nimba Student Community, Nimba Kwado leadership, and other citizens of the county and Liberia at large, has begun mobilization and plans leading to the ground-breaking and fund-raising program for the project on November 3, 2018.
He explained that site preparations are ongoing on the 1.5 acres of land for the project, while negotiations are being concluded with the contractor, City Design Architecture and Construction Company (CIDACCO), to begin the profile layout before the official start of the project.
CIDACCO is a local construction company of young people from across Liberia.
Meanwhile, Mr. Gaye has appealed to all citizens of Nimba and Liberia at large to join efforts in making the project successful and also called on his kinsmen to attend the ground-breaking and fund-raising program on November 3, in Walker Town, Careysburg.
“We are appealing to Liberians to attend and support the project because it is difficult to extend invitations to all,” he added. Meanwhile, Mr. Gaye has said that the president of the Association, Paul D. Gailah, and some executives are expected to grace the occasion.
Mr. Gailah, who spoke recently via mobile phone from the U.S., said that the Association decided to build the center as its initial project, which is aimed at addressing the difficulty Nimba students face while commuting to and from the UL Fendell Campus.
“Besides paying high rental fees, some of the students live in central Monrovia and other areas far from Fendell, and these conditions are not good for the students and we think this student center is necessary,” he said.
The Association held a fundraising luncheon for the project in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, on July 14, 2018, bringing together many personalities, organizations and others that have been contributing to the project.
NAM was established in 2011 in the USA and registered in Liberia in 2015. Among other things, NAM was established to assist Nimbaians, other Liberians at home and in the USA.