Since its founding in 1965 as the International Monuments Fund, the World Monuments Fund has been instrumental in providing resources for the preservation of some of the world’s most important heritage sites. Beginning in 1996, the World Monuments Watch program has sought to raise awareness of the threat to heritage sites around the world and, in the process, raise funds for their preservation. But the work of WMF goes beyond brick-and-mortar in this new program to train Syrian refugees with skills, such as stone masonry, that eventually can be employed in the restoration of some of the heritage sites in Syrian that have been seriously damaged during the years-long Syrian civil war.
Syrian refugees to be trained to rebuild Palmyra and other heritage sites
By Anny Shaw
The Art Newspaper
June 21, 2017