US gives US$ 20,000 to restore Matara monuments

The United States will spend US$ 20,000 to restore historical sites in Galle and Matara, including the Dutch Fort that took a beating from last December’s tidal waves. The United States will spend US$ 20,000 to restore historical sites in Galle and Matara, including the Dutch Fort that took a beating from last December’s tidal waves.

The grant will come from the US Department of State’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, a statement from the US Embassy said on Thursday.

The funding will support project called the Survey of Cultural Properties Affected by the Tsunami of December 26, to survey tsunami damage to historical buildings in Matara.

The Ambassadors Fund set up in 2001 helps countries preserve historic sites and manuscripts, museum collections, and traditional forms of music, dance, and language.

This is the first time Sri Lanka is getting assistance from the Fund.

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