Tanzania’s Flaviana Matata Foundation awarded cash for education.

By Kathryn Lewis

The Diamond Empowerment Fund has donated US$10,000 (£6,000) to support an education initiative in Africa.


The global not-for-profit organisation, which supports education initiatives in diamond-producing nations, has awarded the money to a Tanzanian outfit called the Flaviana Matata Foundation to help it continue its work with orphan girls.

Flaviana Matata, founder of the Flaviana Matata Foundation said: “When you empower a girl, you empower an entire community. Providing opportunity for these young girls will encourage others to stay in school and vastly improve their chances for employment and productive livelihoods.”

Matata, who is from Tanzania and a former Miss Universe, set up her foundation to empower orphan girls through education initiatives, skills trainings, and micro-finance ventures. There are some 24 million girls in sub-Saharan Africa who cannot afford to go to school and one in six children die before the age of five.

Research suggests that education leads to better outcomes for girls, making them three times less likely to contract HIV, their children are 40% more likely to live past the age of five and they earn up to 25% more.