Lotus Blossoms Bazaar

"In the Spring of 2012, the Giving Back to Africa Student Association participated in the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar, a local event used to teach about multiculturalism from many different parts of the world, with the specific aim to educate local schoolchildren.  For our booth, we represented the Democratic Republic of the Congo by having the children make personalized bookmarks with bits of Congolese fabric.  Since the fabric is so colorful and eye-catching, they had a wonderful time designing their work and learning about the fabric’s origins.  One of our missions is community outreach, especially to children in order to broad their worldview.  We as GBASA loved participating in the Bazaar - it was a great first experience!" - Sarah McMahon  

"Most rewarding for me this semester was the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar. The GBASA worked together each week, meshing together each member's ideas and resources. We had so much fun in essentially surrounding ourselves with Congolese fabric and music. Lotus Blossoms volunteers enthusiastically complimented our table and activity. Most notable was the incredible enthusiasm the Bloomington students and adults had for the Congolese fabric. Often, students swarmed the table to learn about the fabrics and create their own bookmark. We chose to have them make bookmarks in order to encourage creativity, get them involved with this facet of the DRC, and give them something useful to keep. Reaching out to the community was so rewarding that before the Bazaar finished, it was agreed that we would like this to become a staple for our organization." - Natalie Graves