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Aasha el Tayeb, a new initiative cooked up by Beirut-based NGO Souk el Tayeb to offer a restaurant experience to underprivileged members of society, was inaugurated Thursday with the first of many "soup kitchen" dinner parties. Souk el Tayeb, which expanded out of an experimental farmers' market concept to embrace a broader mission, intends to work with a different NGO each month to host a meal at the Mar Mikhael branch of their restaurant, Tawlet.The new campaign aims to offer more than just a free dinner to those in need. For Thursday's meal, Souk el Tayeb partnered with NGOs Bassma and Enfants de Lumiere to bring in needy Beirut families as guests.Mouzawak hopes the Aasha el Tayeb meals will bring people from diverse backgrounds together, and become a community project that provides emotional, as well as material, support.After a successful first event, packed with families enjoying themselves, Mouzawak hopes to do even more in the future.To fund this vision, Mouzawak intends to seek out partners and groups interested in giving back to the community.While still unsure which NGOs will assist with future events, Mouzawak hopes to play host to many different groups.
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