One Million Rings. One Million Women.
The Ring Project is a story of multiplying benefit.
On one hand, divorced women (and men) in the U.S. and beyond, have donated their engagement and wedding rings as a way of creating a new personal narrative. On another continent, there are resilient women and community changemakers, who with some financial backing, will create a new narrative in the Congo. We’ve married these two stories.
This full circle story allows us to take the proceeds from the sale of donated rings to fund women's initiatives and legal scholarships in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ring Project supports women investing in their communities and country. The return on this investment, is a whole new chapter for everyone in the cycle.
Please join us to celebrate this great work on December 10 at our Gala Event in Emeryville, CA. Use this link to RSVP by December 3!
The Ring Project Team
Recognized by the SF Chronicle "With this ring, I thee donate"
Over the last year, The Ring Project has grown immensely. We’re happy to announce a new and meaningful partnership with D&H Jewelers. Their generosity helps us repurpose the rings you donate so they can be reimagined into beautiful new designs and resold in San Francisco.
We also strengthened our partnership with Actions des Femmes Solidaires pour les Droits et le Développement. In October 2016, we sent their founder, MarieRose Shakalili, to a training in Uganda to learn how other activists and defenders of women's rights in the sectors of oil, gas and mining in Africa are navigating a changing climate. Her work focuses on providing tools and education to working class women and farmers who bear the heaviest burden associated with the extracting minerals. Upon her return to Bukavu she has been training women in the diamond and coltan mines (the minerals of which likely went into your computer or phone) and giving you visibility to this invitation.
The Event & Program:
We have dozens of great finds in our silent auction. Dinner for 4 at Townie in Berkeley? Check. Impact Hub Oakland passes? Got ‘em. One month unlimited Spin & Fitness classes? Done!
If you have a ring you would like to donate, we would be honored if you brought it with you to this event. You’ll have an opportunity to meet our partners from D&H, who make the phrase "diamond rings repurposed for good" possible.
The evening includes special guest speakers and live music:
Jacques’ Sebisaho, M.D., M.P.A. is Congolese and has an intimate understanding of the culture and history. He’s an esteemed Board Member of The Ring Project and an expert on life in the eastern region of Congo. Dr. Sebisaho grew up on Idjwi Island and was able to finish college and begin his medical training. He has since moved to US and founded of Amani Global Works, whose mission is to provide a sustainable healthcare system on Idjwi, a forgotten island in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Marirose Piciucco is Founder of The Ring Project. She practiced law in San Francisco for twenty years, the last twelve years in asylum law and deportation defense. She represented women from around the world fleeing persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, gender, and sexual orientation.
Amanda Schwartz is Co-Founder of The Ring Project. She cites a fateful night sorting conflict diamonds in a remote village in Sierra Leone as the catalyst to how she thinks about development and aid.
Adesoji “Soji” Odukogbe is a legendary guitar master and singer. Among other things, has been lead guitarist for the late Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s groundbreaking Afrobeat band. Odukogbe draws on an extensive background in Nigerian Afrobeat, highlife, and spiritual music, bringing a unique sensibility to his highlife guitar interpretations.