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US embassy hosts Iftar for orphans

Ambassador David Hale hosts an Iftar for orphans at McDonald in Dora. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: The U.S. Embassy in Beirut held an Iftar for 50 orphans from the Social Welfare Institute’s Orphanage at a McDonald's in Dora Monday.

“It is my first Ramadan in Lebanon, and I think it’s great that I get to share the spirit of this holiday with the kids and staff from the Social Welfare Institute,” U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale told The Daily Star.

Hale made rounds around tables stacked with Happy Meals, greeting the children and wishing them a blessed Ramadan.

“Something the U.S and Lebanon share is a respect for the faiths of others, and we wanted to do something to commemorate that,” said the ambassador, adding that “ Ramadan is a time for charity and giving back, and that is another value that the U.S. regards deeply.”

Diana and Fatima, two 12 year-olds from the institute were very eager to meet Hale because “we wanted to thank him for inviting us here, and sharing this Iftar with us.”

The kids gathered around tables, selecting body paint designs to draw on their faces and arms.

Mohammad, 7, chose to paint the Brazilian flag despite the team’s loss, saying that he would like to wish the ambassador a Happy Ramadan.

“How do we translate Ramadan in to English?” he asked.

According to U.S. embassy Information Officer Geraldine Gassam, the embassy organizes Iftars every year.

“We can all unite over McDonalds,” she added.

 

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