Graff opens second African childrens’ centre

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Leadership Centre in Botswana to help more than 500 local youths.

Graff Diamonds has opened its second community centre in southern Africa funded by its charity For Africa’s Children Every Time (FACET).

The Graff Leadership Centre has opened in Mochudi, Bostwana, and follows the opening of the diamond company’s first centre in Lesotho, South Africa, in March 2010.

The centre is set up to cater for vulnerable young people aged between 12 and 18 and offers educational programmes and psychological support and will beneift more than 500 people in the local community. A key focus for the centre is its Finding the Leader Within initiative that, according to De Beers, aims to “empower youth, primarily those who are orphaned and vulnerable with a special focus on girls and their caregivers, to attain employment, sustain a respectable quality of life and become productive members of society”.

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FACET aims to help youths – and in particular orphans, vulnerable children and girls – to protect themselves from catching HIV and AIDS, being subjected to sexual, alcohol and substance abuse and to be able to think for themselves when facing pressure from family and peers when making life decisions.

The Leadership Centre is run by Stepping Stones International (SSI) as a non-profit and non-governmental organisation.

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