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THE CHARITY JEWELERS FOR CHILDREN FUNDS A COMMUNITY BASED CARE PROGRAM FOR ORPHANED CHILDREN IN SOUTH AFRICA.

Diamond Facts -- Fact 14Jewelers For Children (JFC), formerly known as the Jewelers Charity Fund for Children, was founded in 1999 by the U.S. jewelry industry with the mission of helping children in need. Since its inception, JFC has donated over $23 million to US and international programs benefiting children whose lives have been affected by illness, abuse, or neglect. This nationwide success is due to the continuing generosity of jewelry trade organizations, jewelry and watch manufacturing companies, jewelry retail stores, individual jewelry professionals, and jewelry consumers.

In 2006, JFC provided $ 4.5 million in funding to charity partners, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the National CASA Association, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation International, the Jason Program, the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation.

In 2007 JFC contributed to the funding of a community center for the Isibindi project — a model of community-based care for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV and AIDS — a model which has been branded as best practice by the United Nations.

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