Signet Jewelers Gives Grant to DDI

Signet Jewelers will fund two schools in artisan mining communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) has received a grant from Signet Jewelers to establish two mobile schools in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The mobile schools are part of DDI’s “Sending Schools to Kids” initiative, which sends portable materials and teachers to remote mining communities. Each mobile school offers remedial education to 25 students who might otherwise be working in mines.

“Mining diamonds is not an activity for children,” said Dorothée Gizenga, executive director of DDI. “Signet Jewelers recognizes this and has very generously provided another option. Education will not only change the lives of these children, it will also transform their communities.”

Mark Light, Signet Jewelers CEO, said in a statement: “As the world’s largest retailer of diamond jewelry, Signet is proud to support an initiative that focuses on our philanthropic mission, which includes supporting underserved children. We believe that education is crucial for responsible development in artisanal mining communities.”