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.”

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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