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Welcome


Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) is a non-profit global organization supported by the diamond and jewelry
industry in order to give back to communities where diamonds are a natural resource or where the diamond industry does business. Through access to education, the Diamond Empowerment Fund empowers the next generation of
leaders in diamond communities around the world. Diamonds Do Good.

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Welcome


Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) is a non-profit global organization supported by the diamond and jewelry
industry in order to give back to communities where diamonds are a natural resource or where the diamond industry does business. Through access to education, the Diamond Empowerment Fund empowers the next generation of
leaders in diamond communities around the world. Diamonds Do Good.

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Our Mission


The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) was founded in 2007 by Russell Simmons and leaders in the Diamond and Jewelry Industry. D.E.F. believes that education is a key component to sustainable development, which in turn
is essential to empower individuals, communities, and society toward future economic prosperity,
stability and advancement.

Today, over two thousand college age students in Africa and now in India have received financial assistance or have been awarded scholarships as a result of the generous support D.E.F has received from the diamond and jewelry industry. Those students, since graduated, have returned home to support their families and create opportunities in their communities. This is what D.E.F refers to as a ‘Diamonds Do Good’ impact.

Our Mission


The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) was founded in 2007 by Russell Simmons and leaders in the Diamond and Jewelry Industry. D.E.F. believes that education is a key component to sustainable development, which in turn
is essential to empower individuals, communities, and society toward future economic prosperity,
stability and advancement.

Today, over two thousand college age students in Africa and now in India have received financial assistance or have been awarded scholarships as a result of the generous support D.E.F has received from the diamond and jewelry industry. Those students, since graduated, have returned home to support their families and create opportunities in their communities. This is what D.E.F refers to as a ‘Diamonds Do Good’ impact.

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Our Beneficiaries


The Diamond Empowerment Fund supports students through various organizations, including:

Our Beneficiaries


The Diamond Empowerment Fund supports students through various organizations, including:


The African Leadership Academy was founded with the belief that ethical leadership and entrepreneurship are the keys to sustainable development on the continent.

 

Meet Fortune: an ALA graduate currently attending Skidmore College.  “Studying in my home country of Zimbabwe was a struggle because rainstorms would cause blackouts and I’d have to read by flashlight or candlelight. My dream was to help solve the energy crisis, and with my studies at ALA and now Skidmore I am learning the tools and skills to help achieve this dream for my country.” Read more of Fortune’s Story on DiamondsDoGood.com

D.E.F. Scholar Fortune

D.E.F. Scholar Fortune


The Botswana Top Achievers Program 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.

 

 

Meet Patience: a Bucknell graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering and now a graduate student at John Hopkins. “I grew up poor in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital. When I was in high school my mother was diagnosed with asthma and had to spend time in the intensive care unit of the hospital. Because they didn’t have the equipment to help her, she almost died. This experience fueled my desire to create cutting edge medical devices to make life easier in Africa.” Read more of Patience’s story on DiamondsDoGood.com

D.E.F. Scholar Patience

D.E.F. Scholar Patience


 

CIDA City Campus is South Africa’s first virtually free university offering a four-year business degree and boasting an 80% employment rate among graduates. 

 

 

 

 

Meet Thabo: a CIDA graduate in business. “I am determined to help reduce the unemployment in my community by starting my own business and employing members from the community – I will also help other businesses learn the skills I have learned at CIDA to help them become prosperous and independent.” Read more of Thabo’s story on DiamondsDoGood.com

D.E.F. Scholar Thabo

D.E.F. Scholar Thabo


The Diamond Empowerment Mobile School gives twenty-five children a chance at a brighter future. It is one of eight planned schools developed by the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). Mobile Schools consist of traveling teachers and portable materials that are brought to a mining community for a condensed school year. These communities are in remote locations where children, particularly girls, would not otherwise have full access to education. Read more of the DDI’s story on DiamondsDoGood.com

The Diamond Development Initiative

The Diamond Development Initiative


Founded in 2011, The Flaviana Matata Foundation is a grassroots non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides financial and material support to underprivileged girls in Tanzania. Her team also provides school supplies to over 3,000 students and renovates school buildings, many of which lack basic facilities. Read more of the Flaviana Matata Foundation’s story on DiamondsDoGood.com

Flaviana Matata Foundation

Flaviana Matata Foundation


       

 

 

 

 

Veerayatan, based in Gujarat, India, is a model for encouraging the development of responsible citizens who are educated, have strong integrity and a motivation to give back to their community. D.E.F gives scholarships to young people attending the College of Pharmacy, College of Engineering and College of Business Administration.




Meet Parma: a Veerayatan graduate. “Had I not come to Veerayatan,
I would have only been grazing buffaloes and rearing sheep for the rest of my life or I would have been a laborer in a field...I am indebted to Veerayatan for what it has done for me and will repay by educating thousands of girls like me in the future”.

 

View D.E.F Scholars speaking about their plans for a better world:

Diamonds Do Good


Diamonds Do Good


 

Supported by the Diamond and Jewelry industry, the Diamond Empowerment Fund’s mission of education empowerment truly epitomizes how ‘diamonds do good’. Our mission is one of countless programs the industry supports whether they are a miner, manufacturer, designer or jewelry store. Inspired by these stories behind diamonds, D.E.F launched diamondsdogood.com celebrating the impact good social responsibility has on the very communities where the industry does business. In 2015, D.E.F. broadened its 'diamonds do good' impact to reach India, where 9 out of 10 diamonds in the world are cut and polished.

Visit diamondsdogood.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Be Inspired. Diamonds Do Good.

 

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