The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) has presented a check for $122,500 to support Botswana youth through access to higher education so they can help contribute to the economic development and diversification of the economy.
According to DEF, the check was presented on October 1 to the Botswana Delegation in New York for the United Nations General Assembly. The team included the newly appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Botswana to the U.S., David John Newman, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Botswana to the United Nations, Charles Ntwaagae, and Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, at a dinner reception honouring the Vice- President of Botswana, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
“Without diamonds, we would not be here today. Without our youth, we would not have a future that is as bright as it is today. With the partnership of the Diamond Empowerment Fund, we are truly blessed,” said Venson-Moitoi.
Botswana is one of the top producers of diamonds by carat weight and value in the world. It is also a shining model of the positive impact diamonds have on communities when good governance is combined with good corporate social responsibility and best business practices from the private sector and government.
D.E.F co-founder, Dr. Benjamin Chavis said Botswana represents all the good that diamonds can do. “The Diamond Empowerment Fund is proud to support Botswana’s future by helping empower its youth and looks forward to helping the country celebrate its 50th year of Independence in 2016”.