Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mosaic Foundation Gives Food for Thought

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mosaic Foundation Gives Food for Thought

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THE MOSAIC FOUNDATION hosted its 10th Anniversary Benefit Dinner May 9 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. An American charitable and educational non-profit organization, founded and run by the wives of Arab ambassadors in Washington, DC, Mosaic has awarded over $8.2 million to international, national and community institutions. Proceeds from this year's event went to Friends of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to help support school meal programs in Africa and the Arab world.

Vice president of Mosaic programs Rim Abboud, wife of the Lebanese ambassador, welcomed gala guests. Mosaic's benefit chair, the Sultanate of Oman's Ambassador Hunaina Al-Mughairy, described the Mosaic Foundation' efforts to help a variety of charitable organizations, and discussed the work of the World Food Program, which is the food aid arm of the United Nations. In 2004, she noted, WFP provided school meals to 16.6 million children in 72 countries, helping to encourage school enrollment and attendance.

Mosaic trustee Ilse Kherbi, wife of the Algerian ambassador, introduced the cultural program, which included a marvelous dance troupe moving from Egyptian Saiidi to a debke dance performed to "I Put a Spell on You," as well as a lovely interpretation of "Desert Rose. …

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