ZANZIBAR CATHEDRAL RESTORATION
It will also create a heritage centre marking the abolition of slavery at the Site (the “Heritage Centre”). Telling the story of this dark chapter in the region’s history in an open and factual way will help bridge social and ethnic divides and promote tolerance, reconciliation and an inclusive society.
The process of creating the Heritage centre, and making it accessible to school children, who are the country’s future leaders, will promote interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding. The Site is an important tourist destination, and by improving visitor facilities at the site and making it more informative and stimulating, the tourism industry as a whole will benefit, creating jobs and wealth, and helping to reduce poverty.
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However we have just discovered on the south and west wall of the tower, the plastering has became weak and demanded to be removed and apply new plaster before applying pigments.
In this regard, we are now working on this extra work which also has financial implications.
The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar (ADZ), in partnership with World Monuments Fund Britain (WMF), on October 1st 2013 embarked on a project to preserve Christ Church Cathedral, Zanzibar, create a Heritage Centre commemorating the abolition of slavery and secure the site for future generations. ADZ is pleased to inform you that it has been able to raise its required contribution (€86,434) to the project (total sum €929,434) through the support of donors, friends and well-wishers.
ADZ would like to thank all friends, donors and well-wishers for helping ensure this balance was raised in good time. They are grateful for your prayers and for standing with them at this critical moment. Conservation work on the exterior walls and roof is finished and a new roof has been installed.
The work inside the church includes, conservation of building fabric, (repairing eroded walls, grouting of cracks, preparation and painting of walls), complete electrical re-wiring, installing new lights, and a wireless sound system. Nearly all of this was accomplished in October, leaving only some decorative work on the new lights in the congregation section, and the wireless sound system which are currently in progress. Otherwise the Cathedral now looks great and has re-opened for Sunday services as well as to the public.
The works in the Heritage Centre and its Education Room are continuing vigorously. Our plan is to complete the conservation of the building fabric work by mid December to allow the panels’ installation work to start. By God’s Grace we are planning to have the official opening of the Heritage Centre in the first week of February, 2016.
As can be seen against the clean white building, restoration of the dark spire remains to be done. There is a very short window of opportunity in early 2016 to carry out this vital work, as the WMF Master of Works is scheduled to be on the island during that time. The cost of the works is estimated at 30,000 €uros (approximately US$28,000) towards which some 20,000 €uros has been raised. We therefore need to raise another 10,000 €uros. Please help us to achieve this target by the end of 2015 to enable this work to be completed.
Apart from the spire, these further restoration works also require to be funded:
1 The clock, the vandalised stained glass windows and altar (estimated at €58,000)
2 The historic Willis organ (quoted at £180,000)
Heritage Centre (work in progress)
The Heritage Centre will retell the story of the East African slave trade and its modern equivalent of Human Trafficking. The focus of the Heritage and Education Centre, apart from the local population and tourists, will be to make it accessible to school children in both English and Swahili languages, promoting interfaith and inter-communal dialogue and understanding.
Modern Day Slavery Awareness:
A central feature of the Project is establishing an Anti-Human Trafficking Centre. There are now more slaves on the planet than at any previous time in history. The sale of women is the world’s second largest industry. And, sadly, Zanzibar has once again become a trafficking depot for slaves, especially children. Plans are to raise public awareness of these issues both in East Africa and across the globe, while giving visitors concrete action steps to join in combating this crisis.
Please visit our website for more details http://www.zanzibaranglican.or.tz/progress-update/
The Anglican Diocese of Zanzibar(ADZ), in partnership with World Monuments Fund Britain, on October 1st 2013 embarked on a project to preserve Christ Church Cathedral, Zanzibar, create a Heritage Center commemorating the abolition of slavery and secure the site for future generations. We are pleased to inform you that the ADZ has been able to raise our part of the grant which was 86,434 euros through the support of donors, friends and well wishers.
We would like to thank all our friends, donors and well wishers for helping us ensure this balance was raised in good time. We are grateful for your prayers and for standing with us at this critical moment.
Conservation work on the exterior walls and roof is finished and a new roof has been installed, we are now working on the inside of the church.
However the project scope did not include the clock, stained glass windows, altar and the spire. The repairs on the spire have been estimated at estimated at 30,000€, the spire is the principal outward face of the Cathedral. We find ourselves again in need of your support to raise the necessary funds to complete the whole cathedral restoration process. Here is a link to our online donation
The next phase on the Cathedral restoration process is underway, we have finished the inside of the church’s complete wiring and electric fitting as well as installing new lights, cleaning & scratching walls, applied a new coat of paint and the installation of a wireless sound system is next.
We have now moved on to the third phase which is working on the Heritage Center. Work in this phase shall include conservation of the building fabric that is repairing the eroded walls, grouting of cracks, painting, electrical wiring and fitting, among other things and alterations of some walls to provide accessibility for people living with disabilities, as well as designing all aspect of the Education Room.