SAFE presented its work with representatives from 14 countries in New York City.
International Visitors Leadership Program

Representatives from more a dozen countries pose with SAFE after presentation at the US Department of State’s New York office.

On June 6, 2014 SAFE made new friends from more than a dozen countries: Albania, Bahrain, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Fiji, Mali, Mongolia, Nigeria, China, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, and Yemen.

The group, comprising Cultural Ministry officials, managers of historic monuments, archeologists and curators—all engaged in preserving cultural heritage—have been invited by the American Embassies in their respective capitals to travel in the U.S. for three weeks to meet counterparts and look more deeply into the thinking, planning, design, implementation, economics and politics of tangible and intangible cultural heritage preservation.

“For many of our visitors, the most surprising and inspiring aspect of American culture is the degree to which volunteerism supports cultural and social institutions and the capacity of citizens to create change.” Said the program’s representative Arthur T. Zegelbone. With this in mind, SAFE founder and president Cindy Ho spoke candidly to the group about how SAFE came to be, and what it takes to start and run a nonprofit organization. Describing SAFE’s work, she emphasized the global nature of the organization’s mission and invited members of the group to share ideas and concerns. The presentation concluded with an affirmation for a mutual concern to save the past for our future and a warm interest in continued dialogue.