Protecting heritage to build peace
Protecting heritage to build peace

Since the early hours of the conflict in Ukraine, ALIPH has been mobilized to help protect the country's cultural heritage and heritage professionals. The Foundation quickly contacted international heritage organizations and Ukrainian authorities, and through Polish and Moldovan networks, ALIPH approached Ukrainian professionals to assess and respond to the needs from the ground. On March 7, ALIPH adopted its Ukrainian Action Plan, earmarking an initial USD 2 million for projects. Since then, it has increased the amount to USD 3 million.

ALIPH has supported more than 100 projects to protect museums, libraries, and archives, by financing the purchase or transport of material, such as wooden boxes, fire extinguishers, and fire blankets, in order to protect collections. The Foundation has funded the upgrade of art storage facilities and the implementation of a monitoring and analysis system for heritage sites, part of an initiative by University College London. Additionally, ALIPH is financing, and sometimes organizes, the transportation of materials with partners in Poland, Italy, France, Switzerland, Austria, and the United Kingdom.

To date, these efforts have led to over 100 collections being safely packed and stored. Included in these collections are priceless examples of folk art, religions icons, and archaeological artifacts from the region and beyond.

ALIPH has so far disbursed more than USD 2 million to support the extraordinary work of the Ukrainian people to protect their heritage.

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