Causes to Celebrate: Nasruddin Rupani’s Informed Parents Initiative

Nasruddin Rupani’s Informed Parents initiative brings critical education to mothers in remote areas of South and Central Asia In 2006, diamond supplier and philanthropist Nasruddin Rupani, president of Houston-based World’s Gold & Diamonds Inc., established the Rupani Foundation to educate and support economically vulnerable workers in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and his native Pakistan on how to mine for gems and make a better living through mining. But the living conditions he saw among the workers and their families prompted him to launch a second initiative, Informed Parents, that benefits mothers and children in these remote, mountainous areas. The locations in South and Central Asia “are the most remote communities in the world, where these mothers and children have no access to education,” Rupani says. Poor sanitation and unhealthful practices—such as living with liv

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