The money went to individuals in diamond mining and manufacturing communities in Africa, India and Canada.
Thanks to the industry support at its 2022 NextGen Awards in Las Vegas, Diamonds Do Good was able to give $300,000 to communities that depend on natural diamonds.
The organization announced the grants earlier [the week of February 13], dividing up the money among diamond mining and manufacturing communities in Africa, India and Canada.
In Africa, the grants are being given to support girls’ education in Tanzania via the Flaviana Matata Foundation—founded by model and entrepreneur Flaviana Matata, who stars in DDG’s campaign for its new bracelet—and to empower youth afflicted with HIV through Sentebale in Botswana.
In Canada’s Northwest Territories, youth from indigenous communities will receive technical training scholarships for diamond industry jobs as well as entrepreneurship studies through the Mine Training Society.
In addition, this year the DDG’s Entrepreneurship Grants Program is expanding to India to support projects related to the natural diamond and jewelry industry.
The organization also continues to support higher education via Veerayatan, based in western Gujarat.
“These grants will help promote meaningful change for communities where natural diamonds are mined, cut, polished and sold and gives industry members a purpose-driven message to share with consumers,” DDG Executive Director Nancy Orem Lyman said.