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AFRICA CHARITY CELEBRATES FIRST
WELL PROJECT IN AFRICA
May 01, 2012, 12:00PM
New York--Industry charity Jewelers That Care (JTC)
has contributed to the construction of its first well in
Tanzania and is marking the occasion with the creation
of a sterling silver water-pump pendant.
Designed by New York-based Thomas Kurilla, who has
done pieces for Tiffany & Co., the water well pump is
crafted of recycled metals and manufactured by Hoover &
Strong. It has a suggested retail price of $180.
To date, Day’s Jewelers in Maine, Kasson Jewelers in
Southport, Conn., and Fairfield Center Jewelers in
Fairfield, Conn., are carrying the pendant. JTC is
taking orders from other retailers as well.
JTC’s first well is located in Tanzania’s Mwanga
District, near Mount Kilimanjaro.
In addition to the release of its limited-edition
pendant, JTC announced two new partnerships. The first
is with a Tanzania-based charity called
Tanganyika Christian Refugee Service,
which helps refugees who flee other African countries
and settle in Tanzania.
JTC also is partnering with
GoodStripe, a U.S.-based charity
doing work in Africa. GoodStripe raises money to
assemble bags of everyday supplies--each is called a
GoodBag--for needy people in India and Africa.
Kurilla and a GoodStripe representative will be at
the JTC booth at the upcoming JA New York Summer Show,
scheduled for July 29 to 31 at the Jacob K. Javits
Convention Center in New York. The organization will
have a video as well as more detailed information on its
projects at the show.
Founded by gemologist Alethe Clemetson, Jewelers That
Care is a non-profit that works to raise money to build
water well epicenters, boarding schools for boys and
girls and for treatment of diseases including HIV/AIDS,
malaria and tuberculosis in Tanzania.
ABOUT JEWELERS THAT CARE
Jewelers That Care is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, whose mission is to energize development projects, such as building boarding schools and water well epicenters, in rural African villages. Alethe Clemetson, a Gemologist and jewelry industry veteran, founded JTC in 2007 and serves as its Executive Director.
JTC operates ethically and transparently, adhering to the highest standards of integrity in everything we do. Every project we undertake is closely monitored to ensure our guiding principles are observed and, more importantly, to lend voice to those living in Africa’s villages and rural areas. In addition to its current school and well projects, JTC plans to expand its reach to support cooperative projects with Kilimanjaro Hospital to aid in the treatment of local cases of HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.