State of Mine: Digging Into the New Nonprofit Gem Legacy

Gem Legacy, a new nonprofit working in East Africa, is committed to helping mining communities in need Roger Dery’s long career as a gemstone dealer, and then a gemstone cutter, has taken him on 37 separate trips to mines in East Africa, the ­majority of them with his wife, Ginger. The couple have witnessed firsthand the challenges present in disadvantaged African mining communities, where miners work under physically ­demanding conditions, to provide food, clothing, school tuition, and other basic needs for their families. The Dery family—including daughter Rachel, who works with her parents—felt compelled to help. In 2018, they founded Gem Legacy, a nonprofit that raises funds from within the industry to support education, vocational training, and the local economies in East African mining communities. Tanzan

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