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2019 annual report now available

Thomas Baumann has recently completed the Annual Report on Ethiopian Enterprises’ activities in 2019. The richly illustrated report provides a detailed overview of all that EE achieved during the last year in Mehoni. Click HERE for pdf-file (only available in German)

“Beautiful Birds” at Lemlem Baro School

On February 15th, our new Arts&Crafts Center at Lemlem Baro School was opened officially with a student art exhibition under the theme of ‘Beautiful Birds’. Three of us were present in Mehoni for this special event, and we worked hard with the students in the week prior to the exhibition to finish the exhibits on which they had been working for weeks.

The quality of the students’ exhibits was very high, especially given that most of them had never done any artwork of their own until a few months ago. Our resident art teacher has worked hard with the students and we found out that we have many students at the school who are highly talented in this area.

Some of the work was bought by members of the public, and the students were very proud to receive their share of the money paid for their work. Teachers and students from other schools also visited the exhibition over the four days it was open, and the feedback was extremely positive. Many of our students thanked us individually for providing the school with an art room and also asked us to pass on their thanks to the many EE friends who had provided art materials over the past few months.

We are always grateful for biro pens (new), colored pencils (can be used), water paints and other decoration items like gold and silver paint. Have a look at the pictures and see just how well they did, including our three most talented students who were allowed to create bird masks and open the exhibition as ‘beautiful human birds’.

By the way, the ‘luxury birds’ exhibit of four colorful birds was mounted on one of our classroom stools turned upside down. The legs were the perfect size to be inserted into the wrapping-paper rolls used for the body, and the faces were made of egg cartons, cut and covered in plaster tissue and then decorated. We loved them!

Beautiful Birds

This week EE board members Thomas, André and Lesley will leave for Mehoni and the official opening of our Arts&Crafts Center at Lemlem Baro School. The opening will be celebrated with the first student art exhibition to be held at a rural government school in Northern Ethiopia.

February 15th is the official opening of the center and, once the ribbon is cut, the door will open and bird song will pour forth to the visitors outside. Guests will then be shown through the exhibition, which features birds of all kinds. We can’t wait to show you the photos of the students’ lovely work following the exhibition.

This trip’s schedule will also include the yearly dinner for our scholarship student community which now numbers 45 students. In addition, our board will be monitoring the construction of our Early Learning Center which is now underway at Lemlem Baro School.

And the winners are…

Today on Ethiopian New Year our Raffle Rapture came to its climax with the draw of our winners! Tickets were drawn to accompanying yells of excitement, and all of our prizes have now found good homes.

We would like to thank our sponsors once again for their generous contributions: Zumbach, Raschle Gartencenter, The Mall of Switzerland, Pedikur Cavallasca, Mövenpick Wein Zug, Holmes Place, Pie Tribe, PinkFisch, Copyprint Zürich, Arrigoni, Sihlsports Langnau, Laura Londt and especially our main sponsor, Dufry (see below). We and our community in Mehoni, Ethiopia, are very grateful to all sponsors for their support and to all of you who bought tickets for the raffle.

(click on the link below to find the winning numbers – please check also the AD code!)

Gewinner/winners Ethiopian Enterprises Lotterie/raffle 2019

Holmes Place, a big-hearted sponsor

Over the past five years since we began work in Raya-Azebo on our school projects, Holmes Place fitness centre in Zürich has been a generous supporter of our efforts. Earlier this year they contributed a wonderful collection of sports shoes and clothes to our school community in Mehoni. This material was used to reward community members and students who were making special efforts, and also as prizes at our prize giving celebrations.

Now Holmes Place have joined Dufry and other generous sponsors in contributing prizes to our summer raffle which will be drawn next week on September 11th. 6 1-day passes await some of our lucky winners, enabling them to access the excellent training and wellness facilities at Holmes Place Centres free of charge for an entire day. You are assured of a great day if you are lucky enough to win one of these prizes. The passes will be valid until the end of 2019 giving you plenty of time to plan your day. Many thanks to Holmes Place for its kind support.

You Gotta Be In It To Win It

The draw of our giant summer raffle is fast approaching. On September 11th, Ethiopian New Year, we will draw our lucky winners. We have a fabulous array of prizes from our wonderful sponsors, including Mövenpick Wein, Pie Tribe Zürich, Pinkfisch Thalwil, Copyprint Zürich, Swiss Shopping Mall, Raschle (garden needs) in Langnau, Zumbach in Aegerital, Laura Londt in London, Sihlsports in Langnau, and many more. Our main sponsor this year is again the duty free giant Dufry. Dufry has donated more than 20 of our prizes this year, consisting of beautiful luxury accessories, perfumes and chocolates. First prize is a weekend in London for two with flights, hotel, high tea and facial. If our winner prefers not to fly for whatever reason, a substitute arrangement within Switzerland will be offered.

Your ticket purchase will contribute to the costs of providing infrastructure for our new Arts&Crafts center at Lemlem Baro School in Mehoni. This will be the first centre of its type at a public school in rural northern Ethiopia and a vital step towards providing training in manual and creative skill development for hundreds of young people. The centre will get under way in the last week of September and you can help us ensure its success. Just send an email to info@ethiopianenterprises with your name and address and number of tickets required (CHF 10 per ticket). These will then be sent to you immediately. Payment can be made by direct bank transfer, by PayPal or in cash at the Ethiopian Enterprises office in Langnau. The bank details are listed below:

Raiffeisenbank Region Ägerital-Sattel
Postfach 463
6314 Unterägeri
Verein Ethiopian Enterprises
IBAN: CH17 8145 9000 0080 8702 1

Our winners will be listed on our sites on September 11th. Good luck in the draw!

Raffle Rapture 2019

It’s that time again. Ethiopian Enterprises is running its popular Raffle Rapture again this summer with wonderful prizes valued at over CHF 5’000 for you to win. Our first prize this year is a trip for two to London with flights, hotel, high tea and a facial with one of London’s best skin care specialists all included. For the price of your CHF 10 ticket you can find yourself spending a wonderful weekend in London, or winning one of dozens of other prizes. Every prize has a minimum value of CHF 100.

The total proceeds of the raffle will be used to finance infrastructure for our Arts&Crafts building at Lemlem Baro School, now under renovation. This centre will not only provide invaluable art and crafts lessons for our school students but will offer additional courses to both children and adults from our community. So please help us reach our goal with this project by purchasing tickets for yourselves and your friends.

Tickets can be ordered from:, or by phone from EE board members Lesley and Thomas: 041 752 12 40. Payment can be made in cash at the Langnau office or by direct bank transfer. Sales are open now, and the draw will be held on September 11th, Ethiopian New Year.

Watch our facebook page for news of our growing list of generous prize sponsors:

Lemlem Baro School 2015-2019

If you want to see the transformation that 4 people and their friends can bring about in a school project, have a look at this film. It was made for the tenth anniversary of Ethiopian Enterprises. You see the results of the transformation of a large public elementary school, including scenes from 8th-grade holiday courses, work in the permagarden, the opening of toilet blocks with innovative rainwater-systems, school prize-giving, etc. Just as you get that good feeling that now all is well, you get to see footage filmed in a neighbouring school just a few weeks ago….

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