The Diocese of the Canary Islands reported this week that it will make the final decision on the future use of the old school of Los Salesianos in Santa Maria de Guia in the north of Gran Canaria.
This former school has been left semi-abandoned for many years, but local residents of Santa Maria de Guia want to turn it into a nursing home, but this aspiration depends on the Diocese to be able to carry through these plans.
It is reported by the Diocese that Doña Eusebia de Armas Almeida had the school built in 1955. At her death, and without a child of her own, she gave her entire fortune to the Church, including this centre, on the condition that the beneficiaries were the poorest children in the area.
Until 1971, it was used as a boarding school for orphans and children without any family support, and was also developed into a school for arts and crafts.
However, for the last 47 years this school building has been left abandoned, as well as the adjoining church that has also been left abandoned, which still contains the crypt of Doña Eusebia. Maybe, 63 years after this lady’s benevolent bequest to her local community, this former school can be converted into a residential home for elderly people, and a subsidy of seven million euros has already been granted by the Government of Gran Canaria for this purpose. Everyone now waits for the Diocese of the Canary Islands to make a decision.
You can find this and other news stories from the Canary Islands and Spain in the free, online 'News from the Canary Islands':
Remember to enter your email address for your FREE weekly online copy of 'News from the Canary Islands'
Keep up to date by joining our Facebook page: @newsfromthecanaryislands