BENEFITING: DIAMOND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Dec 30, 2015
I am a woman blessed to be surrounded by thoughtful, compassionate, game-changing rockstars. This year, I am reaching out into my network like I never have before to ask for your support in a fundraising effort that is near and dear to my heart.
As many of you know, the incredible company I work for, Brilliant Earth, donates 5% of its profits to support communities that have been adversely affected by the diamond trade. The focus this year was on helping to build a mobile primary school in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The school was designed to be an alternative to working in the diamond mines for children between the ages of 7-14. It has been a smashing success. The community surrounding the school needs more infrastructure in order continue to support and broaden the efforts. The Brilliant Earth staff has come together and is proudly raising funds for the construction and maintenance of two clean water wells in Lungudi, a rural diamond mining community. Lungudi community members identified the wells as their most urgent need. The two wells will provide clean water for 3000 community members for two years.
The wells will be constructed in the communities surrounding the Brilliant Mobile School, the only primary school in Lungudi. Funded by Brilliant Earth, the Brilliant Mobile School was opened in July 2015 in collaboration with the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). The school brings education to 25 boys and girls, mostly between ages 7 and 14. Many of the children attending would otherwise be forced to mine for diamonds and receive no formal education.
Through this partnership with DDI, we can connect our community of Brilliant Earth couples, supporters, and team members to build a brighter future for a community impacted by the diamond trade.
Why does this matter?
Access to clean water is crucial to health in the community.
- Without clean water, communities see an increase in waterborne and sanitation-related illnesses, such as cholera, typhoid, Hepatitis A, and even Ebola.
- The World Health Organization estimates that diseases from unsafe water kill more people than all forms of violence, including war.
- 90% of the 30,000 people who die every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are children under five years old.
Access to clean water means more opportunities for women and children.
- It's estimated that, on the African continent alone, 40 billion hours are spent annually walking to collect water.
- The majority of this burden is borne by women and children, eroding opportunities for education, outside employment, sports, and recreation.
Thank you all for your time and for you support!
- To read more about the Brilliant Mobile School, please reference TIME Magazine’s For 40 Lucky Children, an Escape From Congo’s Diamond Mines.
The Diamond Development Initiative works to transform artisanal mining into a source of sustainable community development. To learn more about their work, please reference DDI's website.
- For reference and further reading on global water facts mentioned above, please reference the World Health Organization here and here.