ARCE does a tremendous job in protecting monuments, training young scholars, both American and Egyptian and in promoting goodwill between the US and the international community. I don't think any other NGO in Egypt works as hard or does as much as ARCE. The organization has a long and proud tradition of working in Egypt and has led the way in promoting professional training, conservation and public awareness of Egypt's unique cultural heritage from prehistory to the present day. Everyone can be prod of the exemplary work they have done and should support its continued growth and success well into the future.
ARCE supports so many archaeology, history, and cultural projects in Egypt, where funding is so badly needed. Students and professional archaeologists alike benefit from their support of digs, restoration efforts, and research projects. It's a small non-profit with a small staff and a huge effort. In a climate where such funding is almost non-existent now (government money for such purposes has completely dried up, and other non-profits focus elsewhere) ARCE almost stands alone to keep so many important projects going on. While the other non-profit organizations have turned their back on Egypt and its incomparable history, ARCE is still there, spreading its donations around to keep the important work going on. I have supported ARCE for a number of years, and plan to keep doing so. I hope others will consider this cause. With all the competing charities around, it's a huge struggle for them to keep going.
I am a relatively new member to this organization, but having seen the devastation caused by political unrest in Egypt, I see the need for ARCE. Not only do they endeavor to save the history of Egypt they link that country to communities around the world.
I have been a member of ARCE for several years, and now am on the board of the Oregon chapter. I recently returned from Egypt and saw first hand the efforts needed to keep this amazing country restored for future generations to enjoy as I did. Beyond the saving and protection of these treasures, employment and training of the local people is as important as the restoration itself. I am very happy to see my donations going to such a worthwhile cause. Thank you ARCE for all the work you are doing!
My first experience with ARCE was attending a conference and giving a short paper as a graduate student. The work ARCE does in Egypt to restore old monuments and to help budding scholars and archaeologists from all over the world is truly impressive. In addition many local Egyptians are trained in various avenues of work to preserve and care for Egypt's amazing Pharaonic, Coptic and Islamic heritage, thus providing employment opportunities in a country where jobs are few and far between. In 2011 an ARCE trip gave some of us the opportunity to see and experience a number of the ARCE restored sites and buildings. I can not say enough good about the beneficial constructive and educational work ARCE does.
I learned about ARCe on my first trip to Egypt in 1998, when a couple on our Archaeological Tours trip insisted that we go to the headquarters. I'm so glad they did! I joined right away, and have enjoyed going to the annual conference and to lectures in New York City. ARCE is responsible for so much of the restoration and preservation of sites in Egypt. They fund independent scholars and projects in Egypt, and have chapters around the USA where there are lectures and visiting scholars.
As a relative newcomer to ARCE, I can write with confidence how impressed I am with the organization's mission, professionalism, expertise and sensitivity toward its role in Egypt, a complex country politically, religiously and culturally. I travelled as part of the ARCE Egypt Tour in November of 2011, witnessed first-hand the successful results of their conservation work and met impressive American and Egyptian experts who are working to preserve for the entire world ancient treasures of priceless value. In addition to serving as a unique resource to protect Egypt's heritage, ARCE , I observed, is also about building critical, long-lasting relationships that cross national and international borders. I highly endorse ARCE, respect its history and know it will continue to make important contributions to our world.
I learned about ARCE from my Egyptian Guide on my very first trip to Egypt in 1993. At soon as I got home, I became a member. Since then ARCE has provided a way for me, a non-professional, to become intimately involved with many aspects of its work. I have enjoyed attending the annual meetings where I met professional Egyptologists and heard about their newest discoveries. I have used the ARCE Library in Cairo for my own research projects. It is one of the few libraries of its type in Cairo that welcomes and is intensively used by Egyptian students and professors. Last year, I participated in an ARCE-sponsored tour to a number of the sites where ARCE has administered conservation projects (funded by USAID). These sites, selected by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, range from Pharaonic up through Islamic. I was impressed by the philosophy of “conserve/preserve/present” which underlies all such work. The monuments are preserved from further deterioration and become functioning structures again, often in a new role, but one that guarantees their survival. These conservation projects, as well as various field school supported by ARCE that train Egyptian conservators and archaeologists, are helping develop a new generation of Egyptians capable of preserving their heritage. Their gratitude was touchingly illustrated by our reception at one site where some recent field school graduates welcomed the ARCE group with cold cokes and a special behind-the-scenes glimpse of the slaughter house attached to the Seti I temple at Abydos. Besides serving the needs of professional Egyptologists, as described by other reviewers, ARCE serves a huge audience of amateur Egyptophiles and gives us ways of contributing to the field.
As a donor AND a volunteer ARCE allows me to feed my passion for all things Egyptian from Pharaonic through modern times. ARCE's conservation and education programs help save important world heritage and bring the results of this work for all to see and enjoy. Local chapters where I have been active for many years bring Egyptian history alive for the interested public.