Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Rene Moawad Foundation Honors Dr. Hala Maksoud

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Rene Moawad Foundation Honors Dr. Hala Maksoud

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RENE MOAWAD FOUNDATION HONORS DR. HALA MAKSOUD

The friends of the Rene Moawad Foundation (RMF) held their eighth annual benefit gala dinner April 20 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC to raise funds for the children of Lebanon. Master of ceremonies, former U.S. Ambassador to Algeria and Syria Christopher Ross, described the important work of the foundation, which raised $227,000 for Lebanese development and educational projects in the year 2000. Last year's gala dinner alone raised $64,000, which was sent to the Working Children Literacy Program.

RMF president and founder Nayla Moawad, widow of Lebanon's President Rene Moawad, and member of the Lebanese parliament, told the audience that because there is no free education in Lebanon the poor cannot send their children to school. As a result there is a large number of working children under the age of 18--some even younger than 10--working long hours with no hope of obtaining an education. The literacy program provides working children with milk, food and a place to learn and study three hours a day after work.

Nayla Moawad presented a distinguished service award to a "special lady," American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) president Dr. Hala Salaam Maksoud, "in the name of every Lebanese and every Arab in the United States."

Moawad described Dr. Maksoud as a critical thinker who has never been timid about sharing her social and political views. She was born into a prominent Lebanese family that gave Lebanon many great leaders, including an aunt who was the first Muslim woman to unveil in Lebanon. …

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