Our History

The creation of this institution comes in line with the spirit of solidarity inspired by Joe Saradar who was Chairman and General Manager of Banque Saradar, sal. from 1962 to 1992.

By providing a legal framework to pursue the initiative started by Joe Saradar, Mario Saradar is committed to ensure its continuity and to favor the values of solidarity and humanism that were his father’s.

Headed by Marie-Claude Saradar from 2000 to 2012, the foundation developed a new concept, the “Mobile Computer Schools® ”and engaged in an e-literacy campaign throughout Lebanon.
Elected in January 2013, Maria Saradar follows the footsteps of her mother Marie-Claude. New programs will be launched, widening Fondation Saradar scope of interventions.

Key Facts

1962: Joe Saradar is the first in Lebanon to launch cultural and leisure activities within Banque Saradar creating a conviviality culture within the corporation.

1962 - 2000: Joe Saradar followed in his footsteps by his son Mario Saradar institutionalizes an enterprise culture based on solidarity bonds created amongst colleagues and a corporate engagement in community development. An initiative that will be recognized and known, years later, as Corporate Citizenship or Business Social Responsibility (BSR).

2000: Under the impulse of Mario Saradar, the Saradar family establishes Fondation Saradar presided by Marie Claude Saradar.

2001: Launch of the Mobile Learning program with the first e-literacy caravan heading towards the displaced villages.

2004: For the first time in Lebanon and the region, an ‘Accessibility Programme®’ is initiated through Fondation Saradar Mobile Computer Schools®.

2006: The ‘Adaptive Technology Programme®’ dedicated to the visually impaired starts through the Mobile Computer Schools®’, a unique initiative in the Arab world.

2008: Fondation Saradar engages in a contemporary art exhibition in Washington D.C.

2010: Fondation Saradar celebrates its tenth anniversary with the launch of the ‘e-ecoeducation®’ project.

2012: Taekwondo Champion, Andrea Paoli participates in the 2012 London Olympics with the support of Fondation Saradar.
First ever multimedia graffiti and street art exhibition to be held in Lebanon and the Middle East, supported, co-organized and co-managed by Fondation Saradar.

2013: Maria Saradar becomes president of Fondation Saradar.

Our News

Sponsorship of young Lebanese athletes
read more

Sponsorship of two outstanding sports initiatives in April 2013
read more

Latest Initiative

After the successes of the Seven Summits project, and the Three Poles Challenge, Maxime Chaya was on ‘expedition mode’ again. This time, he went for quite an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime adventure: Rowing the Indian Ocean (RIO), setting new world records.

read more

Follow Us

Connect with us on facebook or twitter.


or click here to email us.