Kuhmon Kulttuurikornitsa Foundation ( since the1st January,.2000:
Juminkeko Foundation) made an application to have the Paanajärvi
put on the World Monuments Watch List of the 100 most endangered
world heritage sites for 1996. It was accepted, joining such sites
as the Pompei and Taj Mahal. The Paanajärvi Village was accepted
on the list in 1989-99 and 2000-2001 as well.
The Juminkeko Foundation received from the American Samuel H.Kress
Foundation - at the recommendation of the WMW - a grant in 1998
and in 1999 to train the villagers for restoration work. Funds were
also received for this purpose from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (1999-2002) and from The Finnish Culture Foundation.
The first period of the course began in autumn 1998 and continued
till autumn 2002, when the traineers received the qualification
of an assintant restoration worker. The further training for one
and half year, began in 2002 through the EU´s TACIS CBC Small
Project Facility -Programme after which the traineers will receive
a qualification for independent restoration worker. During the courses
buildings that are categoriced as cultural historical memorials
at the Paanajärvi Village could have been restored in accordance
with the permission Karelian cultural authorities. One part of the
training has been repairing windows and roofs of the houses where
people live all around the year.
Superintended by Academic, Professor of woodden architecture ,Vjatseslav
Orfinsky, the Juminkeko Foundation has prepared a restoration
plan for the Paanajärvi by the means of the Finnish Culture
Foundation. The restoration drawings have been made by the restoration
architect Aleksanteri Jääskeläinen, who has
been also working as a main instructor in the restoration cources.
By means of the Finnish Environmental Ministery Juminkeko Foundation
has built a saw facory at the Paanajärvi that was needed for
the restoration work and that will later as a firm give work for
the villagers. The saw factory is amortized to the village. A forgery
is also built in conjuction with the saw.
The Juminkeko Foundation has obtained a horse to the village to
serve the villagers f.ex. during the spring plowing and transporting
firewood in winter and has obtained for other transporting needs
a tractor and a lorry.
The Arhippa Perttunen Foundation and the Juminkeko Foundation have
organized international cultural tourism to Paanajärvi since
Valkeakoski Power Plant -Project
Paanajärvi, a site of WMW
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