BENEFITING: DIAMOND DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE INTERNATIONAL
EVENT DATE: Dec 30, 2015
Its rare that I participate in this sort of thing, but I am working with an incredible team for a pretty amazing cause, and I wanted to take part (and invite you too, as well) in making it even cooler. I work for Brilliant Earth, which is a company dedicated to sourcing ethically mined diamonds as well as recycled metals to create engagement rings and wedding bands, among other fine jewelry. I get to work with our customers who are so excited to have found a place where they can feel good about the sourcing of what is to become a symbol of their love and commitment to one another, and I have to say, it is all sorts of warm fuzzies to get to be a part of this process. One way that we are currently giving back is through the funding of a "mobile school" in the DRC, where a classroom of children get to learn, when they would have been mining for diamonds instead. And now that the school is up and running....they need clean, drinkable water in the community. So we'd like to help them build a couple of wells. If you are so inclined...please take part and add to our funds. Together, in small increments...we can make a difference.
From the Company I work for:
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.
- 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.