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. We support initiatives that promote education and entrepreneaurship in diamond producing countries and in communities where the diamond industry does business
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 as well as our three new beneficiaries as part of our new D.E.F. Scholarship Series including: Mandela Institute of Development Studies (MINDS), Mine Training Society and Sentebale Botswana.
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.
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.
Diamond Development Initiative
The Diamond Empowerment Fund is proud to continue supporting students from our Diamond Empowerment Mobile School program, who are now in their second year of high school. This High School Support Program in the mining communities of Tshikapa and Kankala offers continued educational support to 40 children, providing tuition, supplies and event food support to families. This program has seen a dramatic increase in school attendance as well as students’ excitement to learn.
Mandela Institute for Developing Studies (MINDS)
The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F) has partnered with the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) to establish the first in a series of Diamond Empowerment Fund Scholarships. The DEF scholarship, the first in a series of new scholarships, will be earmarked for a student from a diamond producing country whose chosen post-graduate study will be in a field of interest that meets the needs for improving the quality of life for Africans. Additional D.E.F scholarships will be identified in the coming months, each representing the global impact of the diamond industry.
Mine Training Society (Northwest Territories, Canada)
Mine Training Society is a partnership between Aboriginal governments, public government and the mining industry. Their mission has been to support Aboriginal people and Northerners in finding long-term employment in the mining industry.
Sentebale (translation: ‘Forget Me Not’), supports the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana. Their programs of HIV education and care provide the tools and knowledge this vulnerable generation need to live long, happy, healthy and productive lives in the future. Sentebale was founded by Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso in 2006. The Botswana program was established in 2016.