The Diamond Empowerment Fund 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.

In early 2014, the Board of Directors of D.E.F. unanimously voted to expand the mission of the Diamond Empowerment Fund to a global scope and to broaden our programs and beneficiaries to reflect the collective good that the industry is doing throughout the world.

D.E.F. currently supports the following recipients: the Botswana Top Achievers Program, the Graça Machel (Mandela) Trust and Veerayatan’s Colleges of Pharmacy, Engineering & Business Administration Diamond Development Initiative’s Mobile School Program.

Botswana Top Achievers Program

Based in Gaborone and administered by the Ministry of Education and Skills Development, the Botswana Top Achievers Program supports the highest-achieving students from across the country in the pursuit of careers that are of strategic importance in driving the economic diversification of the government of Botswana. The fields of study for the scholarships include Finance, Business, Engineering, Medical Health, ICT and Science.The young graduates then return to Botswana to work in leadership positions in government and business sectors of society.

With the purchase of every Diamonds in the Sky Las Vegas ticket, journal ad, or sponsorship, you can provide school supplies, textbooks, or school fees for students from diamond producing countries. Watch the videos below to learn more about DEF Scholars!Botswana Top Achievers Program

The Graça Machel (Mandela) Trust

Graça Machel is one of the world’s leading advocates for women’s and children’s rights and has been a social justice and political activist for many decades. She established the Graça Machel Trust in 2010 as a Pan-African advocacy organisation focused on child health and nutrition, education, women’s economic and financial empowerment, leadership and good governance.

Over the last five years the Trust has worked to “Multiply the Faces and Amplify the Voices” of African women and children. Through its collaboration with partners, at all levels, its has helped promote and strengthen women and children’s networks to drive social and economic change.

The Graça Machel Trust acts as a catalyst, working across the continent to advocate for the protection of children’s rights and dignity, and amplify women’s movements by harnessing and promoting their contributions to the economic, social and political development of Africa.

It works with global, regional and local partners who are passionate about creating profound change in the issues that the Trust focuses on. Through its advocacy efforts the Trust seek to influence decision-makers to the change policies and practices needed to create societies that value social justice, and promote and protect the rights of women and children.

Veerayatan’s Colleges of Pharmacy, Engineering & Business Administration

Veerayatan is the first educational institution in India to receive funding from the Diamond Empowerment Fund. Veerayatan was chosen because of its innovative approach to education, which has made a difference in the quality of life of thousands of students. D.E.F. is thrilled to support the Veerayatan Colleges of Pharmacy, Engineering & Business Administration.