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A letter from Lama Abboud


On Thursday 12 October 2017, the Prince Claus Fund received a wonderful letter from one of its partners, Syrian architect Lama Abboud.

Lama attended the course First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis in June 2016, a partnership between the Prince Claus Fund, ICCROM, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Lama then set up her own similar course in her hometown Homs, Syria.

A letter from Lama Abboud

"this important course had huge impact"

Lama Abboud, architect

A letter from Lama Abboud

I want to thank you all for the international course on First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis that I was accepted to participate in last June 2016 in Washington DC, USA. I would like to express my gratitude to all partners ICCROM, the Smithsonian Institution and the Prince Claus Fund for making this wonderfully organized international course a memory of a lifetime! I take this opportunity to thank  ICCROM-ATHAR for giving me a generous scholarship to  attend this international course  and for the trust  they gave me to assist later  in another edition of the course for the Arab countries, which was organized later in Sharjah , UAE in October 2016.

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I owe special thanks to the Prince Claus Fund for Culture & Development for trusting me and approving my project proposal as part of the follow-up of the training in USA.   It gave me a valuable opportunity to transfer my newly gained knowledge and skills to professionals and volunteers in my home city, Homs in Syria.

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I organized a First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis (FAC) course in Homs from 13-24 August 2017.  30 participants from different institutions and different educational backgrounds (21 women and 9 men) were involved in the training.

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The FAC course was extremely well received in Homs. I am so proud and satisfied by the results. The participants were so excited, and were keen to receive new information and materials that were perfectly selected and collected in a skilled and effective way. They learned a lot, and are still asking for further training. This important course had huge impact- participants not only enhanced their knowledge but also started thinking differently about the role that cultural heritage can play in building peace in our society.

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The results were beyond the participants’ and my expectations.

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Moreover, many cultural institutions and NGO’s have asked me to replicate the course in other Syrian cities. I tried my best to transfer the skills and expertise the same way that I received in Washington D.C from our course leader, Aparna Tandon in leading and giving the course.

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Finally, I would like to highlight the importance of the international courses like FAC that, on one hand, help to build an international network of first aiders and on the other, generate excellent learning materials which help to rapidly transfer skills and knowledge in ongoing crises.

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From my heart, from the participants and from my city Homs in Syria, I express our collective thanks to ICCROM, Smithsonian Institution and Prince Claus for such an amazing course “First Aid to Culture heritage in times of crisis”.

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Lama Abboud, Architect 

Master in Restoration Preservation &Rehabilitation  

Syrian Architectural Engineering Syndicate

Training the Trainers in First Aid

First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis aims to equip participants with necessary skills and knowledge to provide timely response in emergency situations. The training identifies areas of joint programming between culture and humanitarian sectors to make certain that the affected communities participate in their own recovery. 

Post-training, participants are invited to submit proposals to carry out projects in their respective countries and the selected proposals receive seed grants from the Cultural Emergency Response Programme of the Prince Claus Fund.

Through its Cultural Emergency Response programme (CER), the Prince Claus Fund provides ‘first aid’ to cultural heritage threatened or damaged by man-made or natural disaster.

ICCROM-ATHAR (Architectural and Archaeological Tangible Heritage in the Arab Region) is a regional conservation centre founded by ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property), and the Government of the Emirate of Sharjah.

CER and the Whiting Foundation currently have an open call for proposals for projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to safeguard documentary heritage under threat. For details on Eligibility, Selection Criteria, and how to apply, please click here.

Training the Trainers in First Aid

"CER currently has a call for proposal open!"

A letter from Lama Abboud

On Thursday 12 October 2017, the Prince Claus Fund received a wonderful letter from one of its partners, Syrian architect Lama Abboud. Lama attended the course First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis in June 2016, a partnership between the Prince Claus Fund, ICCROM, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, and the Smithsonian Institution. Lama then set up her own similar...

 
 
 
 

A letter from Lama Abboud

On Thursday 12 October 2017, the Prince Claus Fund received a wonderful letter from one of its partners, Syrian architect Lama Abboud. Lama attended the course First Aid to Cultural Heritage in Times of Crisis in June 2016, a partnership between the Prince Claus Fund, ICCROM, Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, and the Smithsonian Institution. Lama then set up her own similar...