Press Release: In the spirit of friendship and making a difference, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) announced today that it will share half the proceeds from its recent Raffle for Education with Jewelers for Children (JFC). The raffle was held during the recent American Gem Society conclave in Miami.
DEF's president, Phyllis Bergman, affirmed, “this gesture of $2,000 recognizes the contributions both JFC and DEF make on behalf of our industry both to children in need and in empowering through education the next generation of African leaders in diamond producing countries.”
About the Diamond Empowerment Fund
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is a New York based non-profit organization (EIN# 20-5967103) that raises money to fund education initiatives in African diamond-producing nations. Its beneficiaries include: CIDA City Campus, South Africa’s first non-profit university to offer a four-year business degree, the African Leadership Academy, a university preparatory school in Johannesburg, South Africa, founded on the belief that ethical leadership is the key to sustainable development on the continent and drawing students from all 54 countries in Africa, and the Botswana Top Achievers program that provides the top high school students countrywide the opportunity to study at a university of their choice worldwide. Graduates then return to Botswana to contribute to its economic, social and political development. www.diamondempowerment.org