4 September 2020

Prince Claus Fund and Gerda Henkel Stiftung help raise €230k for cultural recovery in Beirut

The Prince Claus Fund and Gerda Henkel Stiftung have helped to raise €230k for the cultural recovery of Beirut following the explosion on 4 August.

The devastating impact of the explosion impacted every aspect of life in Beirut, including heritage sites and cultural institutions, so crucial to the identity of the vibrant city. EFC members, the Prince Claus Fund, and Gerda Henkel Stiftung have been working with the ALIPH Foundation,  and the UK’s Cultural Protection Fund managed by British Council to raise 230.000 euros for the Beirut Action Plan, to support emergency recovery efforts on the ground.

The Director of the Prince Claus Fund, Joumana El Zein Khoury shared that “To get through this devastating period, people need culture. This is our source of identity and pride. You cannot cut out the heart of a city and let it bleed. Through these first aid to culture efforts, our supported partners are working to restore a sense of hope for the future of Beirut. Supporting them is crucial to our core belief at the Prince Claus Fund that culture is a basic need.”

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Photo credit: Arab Image Foundation’s Preservation department