The ECSS Guest House, Juba
The ECSS guest house was in need of a lot of tender loving care. So, rather than put money into tidying it up, the decision was made to dismantle the old buildings, shore up the foundations, and reconstruct – joining the footprint of existing buildings together, making a large conference room, expanding the number of bedrooms from 30 over 60.
Work has continued throughout the Covid-19 period – an excellent time to have the facility closed due to decrease in numbers of those travelling – and it is expected that the guest house will reopen in phases so that it starts generating revenue as the remainder of the building is finished and furbished.
The cost of the project, including refurnishing, is over $2 million. CASSS has made a signficant pledge of £90,000 to this Province-led project. South Sudan dioceses are contributing too though those contributions are made more difficult as the closure of churches during the pandemic has meant that offerings have almost ceased.
Once complete, the vision is that the revenue received from the Guest House (accommodation, conference facilities and restaurant) will become a significant revenue stream and will enable the ECSS to be self-sufficient.