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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

Meghan McCabe

THE STORY:

Hello to my friends and family!

As I am sure many of you may know, I proudly work for Brilliant Earth, contributing to the mission of selling ethically sourced gems and recycled metals for beautiful bridal jewelry. We donate 5% of our profits to help support nonprofit agencies and give back to communities that have been adversely affected by diamond mining.

The focus earlier this year was to develop the Brilliant Mobile School, the only primary school in Lungudi. This was opened in July 2015 in collaboration with the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI). The school was designed to be an alternative to working in the diamond mines for children between the ages of 7-14. Many of the children attending would otherwise be forced to mine for diamonds and receive no formal education.

I am reaching out to you all because we are 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. I am beyond excited to be a part of the fundraising initiative and I am reaching out to all of you for support! Please give what you can to assist with this amazing development of bringing clean water and better health to the members of this community.

  • $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 1500 people

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.

$530

MONEY RAISED
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  • Amir Kanpurwala

     

  • Rachael Rayfield

    $20

  • Mike DeCourcey

    $30

  • Dennis & Nancy McCabe

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Kathy Kickish

    $50

  • Meghan McCabe

     

  • Kerri McGuigan

    $20

  • Will Habos

    $50

  • Blair Cuny

    $25

  • Liam

    $20

  • Brilliant Earth Donation Match

    $95

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53% 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

Fundraiser Title

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

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Justine McCanna

Amount Raised

$565

 

57% Raised of $1,000 Goal

Donor Comments

Brilliant Earth Donation Match

Brilliant Earth Donation Match

DONATION: $95

3 years ago

Liam

Liam

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Blair Cuny

Blair Cuny

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Will Habos

Will Habos

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Kerri McGuigan

Kerri McGuigan

DONATION: $20

3 years ago

Meghan McCabe

Meghan McCabe

3 years ago

Kathy Kickish

Kathy Kickish

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

3 years ago

Dennis & Nancy McCabe

Dennis & Nancy McCabe

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Mike DeCourcey

Mike DeCourcey

DONATION: $30

3 years ago