Sending Schools to Kids: DDI welcomes the support of Rubel & Ménasché

OTTAWA, PARIS- September 17, 2015 – The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) is pleased to announce a grant from Rubel & Ménasché, the Paris-based diamantaire, in support of the mobile school program in artisanal mining communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DDI’s Sending schools to kids initiative involves taking mobile schools – including travelling teachers and portable materials – into an often remote mining community to offer children remedial education during a condensed school year.

“The children in these communities are often pulled into mining activities,” says Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director of DDI. “Rubel & Ménasché are making it possible for more children to leave the mine, get an education and hope for a better future.”

According to Ian Smillie, development expert and Chair of the DDI Board of Directors, the Sending schools to kids program is a practical and effective way to address some of the human rights issues associated with artisanal mining. “Child protection and development is a priority for us, and we welcome the partnership of Rubel & Ménasché in this endeavour.”

Elodie Daguzan, Communication Manager at Rubel & Ménasché, says, “We are very proud to support DDI. Obviously it is a strategic decision, but that’s not the only reason. It is more about sharing common values and taking action in line with our wishes. Free education is a basic core value for French people, so this initiative resonates with us. We believe every child is entitled to a proper education and DDI’s Mobile Schooling will be the solution for many of them.”


The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) promotes sustainable development through education, policy, dialogue and projects working directly with artisanal miners and their communities. www.ddiglobal.org_

Rubel & Ménasché is a supplier of specialty, high-end diamonds to the jewellery trade. The company is a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council and has been a supporter of DDI since 2012.

For more information, contact:

Marg Buchanan, Communications Manager
Diamond Development Initiative
1.613.565.0507, x 105

Dorothée Gizenga, Executive Director
Diamond Development Initiative
1.613.565.0507, x 102

Elodie Daguzan, Communication Manager
Rubel & Ménasché
+33 1 55 33 50 69