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Justine McCanna's Fundraiser:

Providing Clean Water for 3000 People in the DRC

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BENEFITING: DIAMOND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE INTERNATIONAL

ORGANIZER: Brilliant

EVENT DATE: Dec 30, 2015

Justine McCanna

THE STORY:

Hello friends and family! 

As you may already know, I'm extremely proud to work for Brilliant Earth, a company that sources conflict free diamonds and recycled metals for engagement rings and wedding rings. We donate 5% of our profits to help support nonprofit agencies and give back to communities that have been adversely affected by diamond mining. 

I'm excited to announce the launch of a fundraiser to construct and maintain two clean water wells in Lungudi, a rural diamond mining community in the DRC. These wells will provide clean water and will be constructed in the communities surrounding the Brilliant Earth Mobile School.

With our donation partner the Development Diamond Initiative (DDI), BE opened a school for children who are vulnerable to diamond mining in the Lungudi mining district in the DRC. The school provides education to 25 girls and boys between the ages of 7 - 14. These children are able to attend school when they would have otherwise been sent to the mines, receiving no formal education. The school is now up and running, and these children need clean drinking water.

This holiday season, please support our goal of raising $10,000 for this community in the DRC. Every amount will help, and will make a difference in their lives!

  • $20 provides clean water for a family of 6 for 2 years
  • Every $100 is 5 families with clean water for 2 years 
  • Every $600 maintains 1 well for 1 year, serving 1,500 people

THANK YOU!! :)

 

 

Brilliant Earth wrote -

Brilliant Earth is proudly raising funds for the construction and maintenance of two clean water wells in Lungudi, a rural diamond mining community in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 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.

 

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Additional notes:

  1. To read more about the Brilliant Mobile School, please reference TIME Magazine’s For 40 Lucky Children, an Escape From Congo’s Diamond Mines.
  2. 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.

  3. For reference and further reading on global water facts mentioned above, please reference the World Health Organization here and here.

$565

MONEY RAISED
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  • Maytal Miller

    $25

  • Alicia Olmos

    $20

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • Dave

    $200

  • Alice

    $100

  • Antoinette Olesen

    $100

  • Rachel D

     

  • Rachel Drobot

    $50

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57% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $12,221 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

JOIN THE TEAM
Fundraiser Title

Brilliant Earth

Amount Raised

$2,781

 

28% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Natalie Dugan

Amount Raised

$1,850

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Becca Holt

Amount Raised

$1,245

 

125% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Beth Leinonen

Amount Raised

$915

 

92% Raised of $1,000 Goal

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Mary Newcomb

Amount Raised

$675

 

135% Raised of $500 Goal

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Kathryn Edison

Amount Raised

$650

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Allie Miller

Amount Raised

$590

Fundraiser Title

Justine McCanna

Amount Raised

$565

 

57% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Rachel Drobot

Rachel Drobot

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Rachel D

Rachel D

3 years ago

Antoinette Olesen

Antoinette Olesen

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Alice

Alice

DONATION: $100

In Memory of Tracy 3 years ago

Dave

Dave

DONATION: $200

3 years ago

Anonymous

Anonymous

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Alicia Olmos

Alicia Olmos

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Maytal Miller

Maytal Miller

DONATION: $25

It's hard to imagine life without easy access to clean water. How fortunate we are! 3 years ago