U.S. Ambassador launches project to restore Aba Jiffar Palace

(EBC; November 02,2018) -- The U.S.A. launch a project that aims restoring the Aba Jiffar Palace, the cultural heritage sites in the Oromia State, and beyond.


The U.S. government, is providing $125,000 through the World Monuments Fund for the restoration project, with additional funds, $220,000 from Ethiopian government.


Launching the project in Jimma, Ambassador Mike Raynor remarked: “Together, these funds will make it possible to undertake the most comprehensive conservation project ever at Aba Jiffar Palace, including not only urgent timber conservation, but also significant work on masonry elements, drainage, roofing, fixtures, and fitting,” he added.


The restoration project supports a broader vision of creating a new cultural destination in the region that links the heritage of coffee, Aba Jiffar Palace, and Jimma into a broader context that reflects the extraordinary history, culture, and potential of this extraordinary part of Ethiopia.


The project will also support a team of timber craftsmen who will be trained and empowered to design and implement a maintenance plan to care for the palace, and eventually other historical sites in Ethiopia, well into the future.


Source: U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa