Through this successful program Riwaq undoubtedly has
succeeded in redefining cultural heritage as an
important economic tool, shifting the conception of
conservation from an expensive elitist activity to a
meaningful skill that generates income.
its inception in 2002, this program has thus far
invested, thanks to SIDA, and other donors, some 4.5
million USD and provided 85,895 direct worker days as
well as given the rural community some 60 renovated
historic buildings, most of which serve as community
cultural centers. In the current cycle which has just
begun, we plan to implement projects totaling 1.2
million USD and expect to generate around 24,000 direct
worker days. This project epitomizes Riwaq's belief in
economic rehabilitation of communities through our
restoration of historical sites.