Welcome to The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island

The World Affairs Council of Rhode Island is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting knowledge, awareness, and understanding of the world and its people, cultures, and events.

Our mission is to give our members first hand accounts and insights about issues that transcend our borders, and a community for exchanging ideas and meeting other globally minded people.

For 80 years, WACRI has brought the world to Rhode Island through our monthly guest speaker and Global Discussions programs, by hosting international visitors, and by promoting learning and education about world affairs.

We invite you to join WACRI, and become a part of our community of globally oriented citizens.

Our Next Dinner Event

Thursday, December 13th

"Hidden Famines"

Global Efforts to Save Children From Acute Malnutrition


By the Executive Director of Edesia

Maria Kasparian

Malnutrition is still the main cause of death for nearly 1 million children under five each year. It can also lead to life-long physical and cognitive damage in children who survive.  

Globally there are many organizations actively working to reach children during their critical first years of life; one such organization is the RI-based non-profit, Edesia.

Edesia is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of malnutrition in the world’s most vulnerable populations through manufacturing a range of specialized fortified peanut/milk-based ready-to-use foods (RUFs) and distributing them through humanitarian partners including USAID, UNICEF and the World Food Programme.

Edesia’s Executive Director, Ms. Maria Kasparian, will discuss the global situation of malnutrition – with particular highlights on Yemen and Chad – and give insight into the power of social enterprise, the effectiveness of global connections, and the overall impact that we can make on the world, all from our own state.

This is a joint event with our friends at the 

Providence Committee of Foreign Relations (PCFR)

About Our Speaker

Maria Kasparian is the Executive Director of Edesia, where she has worked since its inception in 2009. Prior to Edesia, she was an American India Foundation fellow in West Bengal, India, a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangladesh and a student of the School for International Training in Madagascar.

Ms. Kasparian holds a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in International Relations from Brown University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration with a focus in International Public Service & Development from Rutgers University.


The Squantum Association

947 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Riverside, RI 02915

East Providence, RI


6:00 PM Social Hour

6:40 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Presentation

8:30 PM Adjourn


WACRI and PCFR Members $50

Non-Members $58

Presentation Only $15

To Register

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Please register or cancel by December 9th.

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