Trip to China will enhance GHF’s global capacity and spread awareness of GHF’s work in China

HONG KONG, CHINA (September 16, 2016) – Global Heritage Fund senior staff is traveling to Hong Kong this coming week to inaugurate a new affiliate organization, GHF Asia Ltd., and present on GHF’s work in China at the Asia Society.

Intended to enhance GHF’s fundraising and operational capacity in Asia, GHF Asia Ltd. will work directly with GHF US to identify new projects, raise money for worthwhile endeavors, and achieve common goals.

“We are very excited about the potential GHF Asia represents,” says Stefaan Poortman, Executive Director of Global Heritage Fund. “We have operated in Asia, and in China specifically, since our organization was founded in 2002. Devoting these resources to the cultivation of our Asian projects and partners is the natural next step in expanding our footprint on the continent.”

Global Heritage Fund currently operates one project in China, the Guizhou Villages, and has historically worked in Pingyao Ancient City, Foguang Temple, and Lijiang Old Town. Other Asian projects have included Wat Phu, Laos; My Son, Vietnam; Banteay Chhmar, Cambodia; and Hampi, India.

China Heritage Program Director Kuanghan Li also weighed in. “GHF Asia Ltd. will be a great additional resource to our project in Guizhou and to additional projects in the future.

According to Global Heritage Fund’s website,

Global Heritage Fund Asia Ltd. shares the Global Heritage Fund mission to preserve and protect humankind’s most important archaeological and cultural heritage sites in developing countries.

Through forming new alliances, establishing partnerships, and building a network of conservation and development leaders, Global Heritage Fund Asia is providing our projects with new ideas, resources, and supporters that will exponentially benefit these sites and build momentum for our global campaign to save vanishing heritage sites in developing regions.

Mr. Poortman and Ms. Li will also present on GHF’s work at an event co-presented by the Asia Society. Titled “The Role of NGOs in Cultural Heritage Conservation in Mainland China and Hong Kong,” the presentation will, according to the Asia Society’s website, focus on “possible creative and adaptive heritage conservation models specific to East Asian contexts.”

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