American based NGO, Gem Legacy has released its annual report for the year 2019. This comes three months after they recently celebrated their first anniversary on 18 September 2019. The organization has been actively engaging and helping gemstone communities in East Africa through various support Initiatives
Roger Dery, the founder and executive director of Gem Legacy has been running initiatives by supporting education, vocational training, and local economies in East African gemstone mining communities for over 20 years before the launched of the 501c3 nonprofit organization.
Gem Legacy has been able to form a leadership council which comprises of Jewelry and gemstone Industry leaders Omi Prive and Parlé Jewelry. Gem legacy established an advisory board made up of noble professionals including gem and jewelry expert Monica Stephenson, Editor and writer Peggy Jo Donahue, digital guru Ben Smithee, and gem hunter and enthusiast Christina Clover.
The annual report entails some of the projects the NGO has been able to support in 2019 including purchasing a compressor for the Precious Women Mine (a group of widowed women miners searching for Tsavorite Garnet.), providing 28 kids of the Mwatate Children’s Home with a new bed and mattress each, paying secondary education fees for 18 children from Mwatate Children, providing foodstuffs and water to various miners and their families and re-equipping the Arusha Faceting School with 5 new precision cut machines.
Since 2018, Gem Legacy has focused on Kids, Education and Entrepreneurship initiatives. One of the next year’s (2020) goals the NGO is committing to is adding more initiatives, expanding its reach to new countries and continuing to invest deeply in its initiatives. Gem Legacy has been recognized by Governments and Associations for its role in empowering communities in East Africa and being instrumental in the gemstone sector.
View the Gem Legacy Annual Report (2019) here
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