As you know we are busy with our partners exploring ways in which the Living & Learning project might become more self-sustaining. We want the future to be more secure for the staff, youngsters and their families who depend on the care and support that the project offers.
One idea we are exploring is the possibility of developing the convent facilities.
The convent is the provincial home of the teaching order of the Assumption Sisters it was once a thriving boarding school for girls. The self-contained classroom facilities that are now used for the Living & leaning project are situated a little lower down the hill. The exterior of the convent house as you can see is very attractive, it was purpose built to provide boarding accommodation for about sixty children. Now a residential conference centre it offers simple sleeping/study accommodation of various sizes with varying facilities and mostly used by religious groups.
We know that Rio is rapidly expanding as a commercial and tourist centre; British Airways announcement last month that it is doubling the number of weekly flights into Rio.
We have put together the growing need for business and tourist accommodation, and the capacity the convent has to meet some of that that need.
To sum up we are proposing that a number of dedicated rooms be upgraded let commercially to generate funding for the project.
The expertise the sisters have in running an international conference centre
The Attractive hill top location overlooking the bay and within easy reach of the city centre
The tranquil and unique spiritual essence of the convent and its grounds.
The next steps:
To source capital to upgrade the rooms
We would love you to get involved and help us with your ideas, your experiences and as always we appreciate supportive comments.