New deal signed for heritage preservation project

The Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) of Ethiopia and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States of America opened a two-day workshop on "Sustainable Conservation and Cultural Heritage Preservation" on Wednesday (December 14, 2016).

In the event, the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) of Ethiopia and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) inked a Memorandum of Understanding to provide a grant for the preservation project that will be undertaken at Lalibela.

The signing of the MoU was witnessed by Ethiopia's Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dr. Hirut Woldemariam and U.S. Embassy Charge d'Affaires, Peter Vrooman.

The MoU guarantees a 500,000 US dollar grant from the U.S. Embassy to preserve the churches of Biet Golgotha and Michael Churches in Lalibela under the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) program.

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries around the world.  In Ethiopia, the U.S. Embassy has supported eight such AFCP projects since 2002

Charge d'Affaires Vrooman said a platform like this provides window of   opportunity to draw attention to the practices, approaches, and technical methodologies needed to preserve Ethiopia's rich cultural heritage. 

"The U.S. government's assistance for the restoration of the churches at Lalibela displays our respect for the cultural heritage of the people of Ethiopia," he added.