As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, several industry initiatives are taken to provide relief across the world to all those affected by the crisis.
The Young Diamantaires of Antwerp (YDA) this week donated 2500 face masks to the Antwerp hospitals and care centres (GZA). The donation was made through contributions raised in the Antwerp diamond community, with the support of the bourses Antwerpsche DiamantKring, Antwerp Diamond Club and manufacturers organization SBD.
Alain Zlayet, of the YDA: “Our initiative was supported through all levels of our community; organisations, traders, polishers,… We are grateful to all of them that we could do something meaningful for those who are putting their lives on the line every day.”
Recent reports say the situation of many Indian workers is dire, as they no longer receive their (full) wages because of the lockdown. Diamond company Dimexon set up a large-scale program that is feeding fresh cooked meals to over 30,000 people in the local community of Coimbatore (India) from their manufacturing facility. In addition, the company is deploying its engineers at the facility to manufacture medical equipment, such as ventilators to supply to local hospitals and care centres. Bert Van den Bosch of Dimexon's Antwerp office: "In times like these, it is important the industry comes together to support those that need it most. We will monitor the situation continuously and extend our initiative as long as it is needed. We hope our initiative can inspire others to follow our example."
Earlier this week, mining company De Beers announced it pledges 2,5 million US$ to support communities and local health care in Botswana and Namibia. Russian miner Alrosa announced an intensive support program for the Yakutia region, in addition to the contribution made by Alrosa CEO Sergey Ivanov, who reduced his stake in the company, to use the proceeds to procure medical and personal protection equipment in the Mirny mining district in Yakutia.