AUTUMN 2008 – Saturday, 15 November and Sunday, 16 November from 9.30 am to 7 p.m.
This bazaar featured original jewellery designed with beads from Ghana and silver from Ethiopia. There was be Ethiopian coffee available for sale and for tasting. Ethiopian shawls, caftans, baskets and cotton blankets were on sale. Ethiopian food was also available throughout the day at very reasonable prices.
Ms. Rahel Zewdie and her daughter Helina, both of company K-design in Addis Ababa, travelled all the way from Ethiopia to Geneva to participate in the bazaar. K-design was responsible for designing and weaving the shawls, caftans, table decorations and blankets that will be on sale at the bazaar. Rahel has been supporting the Ethiopian Food Appeal since its inception by providing all her beautiful handcrafted work at very low prices to the charity for re-sale at the bazaars. Both she and her daughter paid their airplane tickets to travel to Geneva to lend their support to the charity.
Not only did they buy the beautiful jewellery that was on sale but the scarves and baskets sold well and many friends stayed on for either lunch or dinner or for just a tasting session of the delicious Ethiopian fare that was on offer. The meat and vegetable samosas were also a big hit and everyone loved the Ethiopian coffee tasting ceremony.
Much of the jewellery on sale was designed by Brigitte Benaissa, who worked tirelessly during her free time to design more than 100 pieces of original necklaces featuring beads from Ghana and silver from Ethiopia. Although some thought the jewellery was a bit pricey, given all of the work she put into making the jewellery, most found the prices appropriate especially considering that all proceeds went to the charity. We had a fashion show where two young sisters and their girlfriend modelled the Ethiopian clothes and jewellery on sale.
Carmeluz had also worked incessantly to create beautiful paintings in honour of the bazaar. It was her first time exhibiting to the public and her worked was highly appreciated by visitors. She sold several paintings and a portion of the proceeds went to the Food Appeal. In addition, Awash restaurant offered a beautiful painting as a tombolo prize, which was won by a young Kenyan lady working at WHO. Several friends dropped off their teenage kids to help me during the weekend and it was wonderful to see young students living privileged lives in Switzerland eagerly helping to raise funds to help students less privileged.