A portion of the proceeds from the replica will go towards preservation efforts such as improved interior lighting for the Lalibela churches.
We hope our replica will help to raise awareness about Lalibela, which in addition to promoting tourism could also help the Ethiopian Space Science Society with its plans to build a state-of-the-art Observatory.
With its high altitude, thin air and minimal cloud cover, Lalibela is ideal for astronomical viewing. Space science technology has applications to sectors such as communications, energy and food security. The Observatory could reestablish Lalibela as a center for knowledge and innovation.