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BACKGROUND

Wa Naa’s Palace, home to the king of the Wala people, the major local population of Wa region, is located in the heart of Wa Town and is a major cultural attraction. It also holds political, religious, and social significance for local residents. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

In collaboration with CRATerre, an organization focused on earthen architecture conservation, the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, and the Wa Traditional Council, WMF began work in February 2009, concentrating on documenting, planning, and emergency stabilization of the structure using traditional materials. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Wa Naa’s Palace is an extraordinary example of traditional Sudanese mud-brick architecture. Very few historic earthen buildings of this style remain today in the region because of the scarcity of skilled artisans needed to undertake annual maintenance. Often buildings are renewed with less effective, quicker techniques, which do not weather as well as traditional mud brick. (...)