“The workers who are now working on this [Department of
Antiquities] project were originally trained by the USAID SCHEP program. So you
can see what we’re doing here is an integration of a variety of efforts and
organization coming together to support this community, ” said Dr. Bert de Vries,
Project Director at the SCHEP site of Umm al Jimal, speaking to visitors at the
launch of the Interpretive Visitors Center. In January, Dr. DeVries hosted H.R.H
Price Raad Bin Zaid and dignitaries from the Ministry of Tourism and
Antiquities, Department of Antiquities, UNESCO, the local municipality and
other organizations, to a celebration for the ground breaking of a new
interpretive center on the site. This center works in tandem with SCHEP’s
efforts to boost site presentation and interpretation in order to make Jordan’s
cultural heritage more accessible to both tourists and the host communities.
SCHEP has supported trainings for workers, the design and installation of
interpretive panels, as well as the conservation of the Commodus Gate on the
west side of Umm al Jimal.