Image Source: Diamond Empowerment Fund
New York, NY; September 26, 2016:The Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) presented a cheque of $130,000 to support African Leadership Academy (ALA) and help educate the next generation of African leaders. ALA, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, cultivates outstanding young students through a two-year program to prepare them for college. It stresses leadership, entrepreneurship, and African studies. Students on the program, are to return to their home countries after college graduation to apply what they’ve learned, to build and improve their own communities.
“These bright young students are a shining example of Africa’s future. D.E.F is proud to support these emerging leaders who represent our ‘Diamonds Do Good’ mission of supporting transformative initiatives in global diamond communities.” says president Phyllis Bergman, CEO of Mercury Ring.
D.E.F.’s support of ALA and other programs in diamond communities is made possible through fundraising efforts such as the annual Diamonds Do Good Awards Gala, held in Las Vegas in conjunction with the JCK Show.