On a special occasion organized today at Kathmandu, The American Ambassador to Nepal, Mr. Peter W. Bodde announced the recipients of this years’ Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) . The U.S. Embassy will provide $77,142 fund for cultural preservation of Hanuman Dhoka palace in Kathmandu Durbar Square and $45, 322 for preserving Taleju Temple in Patan Royal palace in Patan Durbar square via AFCP. Both of these Nepalese cultural sites are listed by UNESCO as World heritage sites.
Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), is an initiation of U.S. State Department under Bureau of Education and cultural Affairs to support preservation of cultural assets in different countries around the world. The AFCP provides fund to preserve cultural heritages, restore historic buildings, archaeological sites, museums and other locally prevailing cultural and artistic assortments in countries where U.S. diplomatic mission are operating. The AFCP is a step towards public diplomacy through educational and cultural programming of U.S State Department, also a respect shown by U.S. government towards various cultures.
AFCP was established by U.S. Department of state on request of U.S. Congress. It has been managed by Bureau of Cultural Heritage since 2001. Only the U.S. ambassador serving on eligible country for AFCP can participate in this program.
AFCP run multiple preservation projects in more than 100 countries around the world and also supports large scale projects which are working globally to preserve ancient heritages of historic essence. In Nepal, AFCP have contributed around $1,950,964 for preservation of 17 cultural heritages via various preservation programs.