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Refugee handicrafts sold well at Christmas Charity Bazaar

ASTANA, KAZAKHSTAN. On 3 December 2017, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) joined the Annual Diplomatic Christmas Charity Bazaar for the second time in a row at Radisson Hotel, Astana, Kazakhstan.

Organized by the Ambassadors’ Spouses Association, the Charity Bazaar brought together Embassies and International Organizations, as well as interested local organizations and entrepreneurs to raise funds for people in need in Kazakhstan.  On the 10th anniversary of the Charity Bazaar this year, 54 countries were represented at this event to support local charities.  Traditional dishes of different countries were served and a variety of colourful goods were exhibited for thousands of visitors.

Through the UNHCR’s booth, almost all of the 400 pieces of handicrafts produced by refugees in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, mainly the refugees from Afghanistan, but also some by local vulnerable people such as the physically handicapped, were sold.  Visitors admired the quality of the hand-made toys, purses, accessories, house-shoes and interior goods.  All proceeds went directly to the producers to support their livelihoods.

On behalf of over 3,000 refugees, and NGOs assisting them in the Central Asia, UNHCR is grateful for this opportunity to raise awareness on the lives and skills of the refugees and most vulnerable people in the society.

Sincere season’s greetings from UNHCR Central Asia.