The fourth edition of “Jewellers for Hope” – an industry-wide initiative led by the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), in collaboration with De Beers Group and the Gemological Institute of America – was presented in India recently.

A total of Rs 1 crore or about US$143,000 has been set aside this year to fund initiatives aimed at preventing exploitation of children, and supporting persons with disabilities, among other corporate social responsibility programmes.

According to the GJEPC, three leading non-government organisations are benefitting this year – Voluntary Action Association, which works to end all forms of exploitation of children in India; Giants Welfare Association, which does social services in India and abroad; and Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayta Samiti, a Jaipur-based non-profit organisation that assists disabled people by providing artificial limbs and other ambulatory aids for free.

Pramod Agrawal, chairman of GJEPC, commented, “’Jewellers for Hope’ is an initiative where the industry comes together for a common cause, contributing beyond its community to serve one and all. Thanks to all the donors for their generous contribution whose support will help make a difference in the lives of many.”

Paul Rowley of the De Beers Group said, “Diamonds are the ultimate symbol of love and these miracles of nature have given hope to so many people across world. The diamond industry in India has been doing tremendous work in education, health and uplifting the marginalised sections of the society. De Beers has always been committed to the welfare of its stakeholders and society.”

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