Works on St Cecilia Chapel financed by the Ministry for Gozo
Through the eco-Gozo scheme for Non Governmental Organisations, the Ministry for Gozo financed projects coordinated by Wirt Ghawdex organisation for the restoration of two historical sites in Gozo, St Cecilia Chapel and the silos present in Cittadella.
The Ministry for Gozo, the Hon. Giovanna Debono visited the Medieval chapel at Ghajnsielem where she had the opportunity to see the restoration and embellishment works carried out in this chapel which includes the installation of wooden floor and an energy efficient lighting system. Work on the outer side of the chapel is still on going and endemic plants are expected to be planted shortly so as to embellish the whole project.
The Ministry for Gozo expressed her gratitude to this organisation which has the aim of preserving Gozo’s historical sites which can be visited not only by local people but by tourists visiting our island all year round. She explained how the Ministry for Gozo collaborates with Wirt Ghawdex and other organisations such as Heritage Malta and Din l-Art Helwa in order to maximise the efforts for preservation and conservation of Gozo’s historical sites. The Minister Giovanna Debono also stated that this is only one out of various projects carried out by the Ministry for Gozo through the implementation of the eco-Gozo action plan 2010-2012, which seeks sustainable development in an effort to lead to a better Gozo.
In less than two years this chapel had an extensive restoration programme done by the Ministry for Gozo with the full collaboration of Baron Group and Wirt Ghawdex. Since its profanation in 1644 up to a couple of years ago, this structure served as an animal shed and a store room for tools. Recently the Ministry for Gozo asked for the expropriation of this chapel in order to carry out the needed restoration works. Technical people and other staff from the Ministry for Gozo worked together with contractors for the completion of this project.
Through the eco-Gozo scheme for NGOs, the Ministry for Gozo is financing 38 projects implemented by 37 organisations with a total amount of €1.24 million. Projects address various sectors ranging from renewable energy, to cultural, social and environmental aspects in various Gozitan localities.