Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, July 2009, page 57

Diplomatic Doings

Mosaic Foundation to Partner With ONE DROP Foundation

  • Guests enjoyed a special performance by Cirque du Soleil at the Mosaic Foundation’s annual gala (Photo Courtesy Mosaic Foundation).

THE MOSAIC Foundation, an American charitable organization founded by the spouses of the Arab ambassadors to the United States, held its annual gala April 28 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Since the Mosaic Foundation was established 12 years ago, the organization has awarded more than $10 million to worthy causes that improve the lives of women and children. Its efforts have promoted understanding between the United States and the peoples of the Arab world.

This year the Mosaic Foundation supported numerous projects dedicated to highlighting mankind’s interaction with water, and announced a pilot project in the Middle East with the ONE DROP Foundation established by Guy Lalibert, owner and creator of Cirque du Soleil. ONEDROP is working to give every child the opportunity to live a life free of water poverty and the perils of water-borne illness and death.

Mona Hamdy, executive director of the Mosaic Foundation, told more than 500 attendees why the organization focused on water for its 2009 grants. “We believe that access to clean, reliable sources of water is one of the most effective ways to decrease poverty, fight disease, and improve the lives of those in need,” Hamdy said.

Also honored were Blue Legacy International and EarthEcho International, each founded by relatives of the legendary explorer Capt. Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

The Mosaic Foundation also recognized the service and sacrifice of Arab Americans in the U.S. military, including Gen. John Abizaid, U.S. Army (Ret.), and 1st Sgt. Jamal S. Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military (APAAM). For more information visit <www.mosaicfound.org>.

Delinda C. Hanley

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