altMario Nazal Momares is Co-founder and Director of Palestinian Foundation Bethlehem – Chile, the most important Chilean non profit organization created to help Palestinian children in the Holy Land, and a distinguished member of the Chilean business community.


HCEF commends Mr. Momares for his strong and consistent support of Palestinian Christians.  His dedication and active commitment to bettering the lives of others is a true testament to his character and diligence in serving the needs of others.

Mr. Momares is a leader in fund-raising for projects in Palestine, with activities such as the traditional and annual dinner for the Arab community in Santiago; an annual fashion show. He has established a system of donors to provide health and education programs for the most needy. He works in partnership with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, providing health support in two ways; sending Chilean volunteer medical missions for surgical work in Palestine, and receiving in Chilean homes Palestinian young people who need to receive medical care in Santiago. He also partners with Caritas-Jerusalem, in order to distribute scholarships for Palestinian children.


“Mr. Momares has devoted himself to the cultural and humanitarian task of working actively for the Palestinian cause. He endeavors to reach out to more than 350 Diaspora Palestinian Christians  and to connect them with their roots! That is more Palestinian Christians than we have total in Jordan, Palestine & Israel! His efforts are is noble and remarkable,” said Rateb Rabie, KCHS, HCEF President and CEO.   


Mr. Momares is President of the Chilean Textile Industries and Counsellor of “Sociedad de Fomento Fabril”, the most important Chilean industrial businessmen group in the country. He is also the founder of Al Damir, the only Chilean magazine directed towards the Arab community, enterpreneurs and business leaders.

The HCEF Award is given to an individual who has dedicated his or her life to preserving the presence of Christians in the Holy Land, and has demonstrated courage, determination, and action  to advance the cause of justice, sustenence and spiritual support for the Palestinian Christians.


In honor of all he has done and continues to do in support of Palestinians at large and Holy Land Christians, the HCEF Award will be bestowed upon Mr. Mario Nazal Momares at the Annual Awards Banquet on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Washington Marriott, Washington, DC.  The Awards Banquet is held in conjunction with the 14th International Conference: 3rd Business, Investment & ICT Conference, which will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the National 4H Conference Center, in Chevy Chase, Maryland.


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