Letter From The President
This year marks the 20th year of Fondation Saradar, which was established by my brother Mario Saradar influenced by our late father Joe Saradar’s ethics and humanism.
We have been committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in all our work and operations. Our mission has constantly evolved throughout the years. However, contributing to the sustainable human development of the Lebanese community and talents has always been our core driving principle. Throughout the years, we have expanded our field of action to encompass education, arts, culture and sports.
This year, our priorities and focus shifted due to the current challenges facing the people of Lebanon. In an effort to overcome the severe economic crisis and following the horrific blast of August 4th, we have launched the Food Security Program and the Beirut Relief Program.
Once again, our resilience is being severely tested. Today more than ever, we have faith in Lebanon and our people’s ability to rise again. We vow to leverage all of our resources in order to do so.
Contribute to the development of Lebanese citizens, promote social welfare and drive solutions for challenges facing the people of Lebanon.
Our set of core values lead the way to execute our mission and accomplish our work:
We are continually planning and working for success. We always see the light at the end of the tunnel.
We believe in the power of unity around a shared purpose and foster collaboration with partners to help our community.
We embrace all the threads that constitute the fabric of our Lebanese society.
We operate with the highest ethical standards and use the resources entrusted to us responsibly.
Mario Saradar established this foundation in the year 2000 to perpetuate the legacy of his late father Joe Saradar who was an ardent and distinguished humanist of his generation.
The foundation was initially headed by Mrs Marie-claude Saradar, Joe’s wife and life partner. Mario Saradar, third generation banker, is an entrepreneur, a sportsman and all sports lover. He leads Saradar Group.
The foundation is an independent organization led by an Executive Committee which surrounds itself by a distinguished group of experts, advisors and professionals.
Launch of the Food Security Program and the Beirut Relief Program.
6th win in a row for Nader Jaber in the Lebanese Cross Country Championships and qualification for the World Championships.
Selection of Yasmina Bocti in the French equestrian federation’s junior team.
Qualification of Ray Bassil to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
The “Art Onboard” project: a Fine Arts students contest initiative.
Rowing the Indian Ocean (RIO) by Maxime Chaaya.
Gloria Nasr’s transcontinental run from Paris to Beirut to promote peace in the region.
The “White Wall” exhibition: the first ever street art and graffiti exhibition to be produced in Lebanon.
Qualification of Andrea Paoli to the London 2012 Olympic Game.
Launch of the “Sports Program.
Launch of the eco-education project marking Fondation Saradar’s tenth anniversary.
Initiation of the “Visual Arts Program”.
Start of the “Adaptive Technology Programme” dedicated to the visually impaired.
Creation of the “Accessibility Programme” through the Mobile Learning School.
Establishment of Fondation Saradar.
Launch of the “Mobile Learning Programme”.
Meet our team.
Our family members are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the foundation.
Our team includes independent expert advisors and professionals who manage the different programs of the foundation. They are responsible for the strategy development, coordination, planning, and resource allocation.
Joumana Hachem El Yazigi
Marie-Claude Abou Khalil