The Embassy of the United States of America opened a two-day workshop on “Sustainable Conservation and Cultural Heritage Preservation” in collaboration with the Authority for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage (ARCCH) and the World Monuments Fund (WMF). At the opening ceremony, workshop participants witnessed a grant signing between ARCCH and WMF for a preservation project at Lalibela.
In the presence of the U.S. Embassy Charge d’Affaires Peter Vrooman and H.E. Dr. Hirut Wolde Mariam, ARCCH and WMF signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a 500,000USD 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. 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 US Embassy has supported eight AFCP projects since 2002.