In a recent move, the United States Embassy has come forward to extend its support for the restoration of two heritage sites in Nepal.
The US Embassy will be offering a financial assistance of USD 500,000 (Rs 50 million) for the restoration of Kaiser Mahal Palace and Char Narayan Temple at Patan Durbar Square.
According to the US Embassy’s official release on August 14, 2017, these two sites bagged the current year’s Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservations (AFCP) in a global competition and the grants for their restoration (south wing of the palace and the temple) were awarded to Impact Foundation and the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT).
“The project will stabilize, seismically strengthen and support urgent restoration work needed to repair the neo-classical Rana style building built in 1895,” informed the release.
While Impact Foundation is set to receive a sum of USD 400,000 for the palace project, KVPT will get USD 100,000 for the restoration of the historic temple built in the Malla era.
The US Embassy Charge d’Affairs Michael Gonzales expressed US’ commitment towards protecting Nepal’s unique cultural heritage.
“The restoration of buildings like Gaddi Baithak that began in September 2016 through US support and the Kaiser Library is key to preserving historically-significant neo-classical buildings damaged in the 2015 earthquakes,”says Michael.
Established by the US Congress and administered by the Department of State, AFCP has been supporting the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects and forms of traditional cultural expression since 2001. So far, it has supported 22 projects in Nepal through the US Government grant of USD 3.4 million.