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AFRICA CHARITY CELEBRATES FIRST WELL PROJECT IN AFRICA

May 01, 2012, 12:00PM EST

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.

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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.


 
   

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