In Essaouira on Tuesday 1 October, 2013 the High Atlas Foundation held a closing conference to present the results of its one-year long cemetery preservation and education program in this small port town on the Atlantic Coast in the presence of US Consul-General, Mr. Brian Shukan.
Mr. Shukan welcomed the achievements of the project, which has trained caretakers in good practices, overseen cleaning and planting activities with local community members, organized awareness-raising events with local people, integrated over 400 individual students and schoolchildren into educational and practical activities around cultural knowledge preserved by the cemeteries, and worked with over 120 members of local civil society. He said: "By making the cemeteries most welcoming, encouraging more visitors to discover these cemeteries for the first time and helping the current generation to remember its rich roots of their peaceful coexistence, this project will help preserve the illustrious past of Essaouira for future generations." Mr. Shukan this added that "in a world that sometimes seems more divided, the cemeteries of Essaouira capture the spirit of interfaith and intercultural tolerance."
The Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation was launched by the U.S. Congress in 2001. To date, it has funded more than 500 restoration projects across the world. HAF is privileged to be part of this effort and we would like to take the opportunity to thank all our partners and collaborators in these efforts.