Diamond Empowerment Fund Awards $130,000 To Botswana Top AchieversOctober 18, 17
(IDEX Online) – Amid the convergence of high-level dignitaries and global leaders attending last month’s United Nations General Assembly, the Diamond Empowerment Fund (D.E.F.) presented a check for $130,000 to the Botswana Top Achievers program at a reception hosted by the Botswana delegation.
The grant will be used to continue the support of Batswana youth through access to higher education so they, in turn, can help contribute to the economic development and diversification of Botswana, the organization said in a statement. D.E.F has supported the Top Achievers program with over $740,000 in donations since 2011.
The reception in D.E.F’s honor was hosted by the Botswana Ambassador to the United Nations, H.E. Charles T. Ntwaagae, and Botswana Vice-President Mokgweetsi Masisi. Masisi will become the next President of Botswana in April of 2018. Present for the reception included Botswana Ambassador to the United States, H.E. David Newman, Mrs Neo Masisi, and delegates from Botswana attending the UNGA.
“Everyone from Botswana attending this reception today in some way benefitted from diamonds. We thank the Diamond Empowerment Fund for investing in the future of our next generation of leaders” said Vice President Masisi during the check presentation ceremony.
The Top Achiever program is administered through Botswana’s Ministry of Education and Skills Development.
Pictured above: Botswana Vice-President Mokgweetsi Masisi (right) who will become the next President of Botswana in April 2018 with Nancy Orem Lyman, V.P. Executive Director, Diamond Empowerment Fund, while on left are Neo Masisi with Botswana's Ambassador to the United States David Newman.