Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 Charity Nonprofit

Our Mission

Support vocational training, entrepreneurship, and community development in East African artisanal gem mining communities.

Our Initiatives

Vocational Training

Education: the key to opening opportunities for the next generation


Investing in the dreams of artisanal colored gemstone miners

Community Development

Bolstering all members of artisanal mining communities

100% of donations go direct

Gem Legacy is able to give donors full transparency: no fees are removed from contributions.


All contributions are tax-deductible.

Our Current Campaigns


$160 El Niño Flood Prevention

El Niño predicts an 80% chance for East Africa to receive exponentially higher normal rainfall levels at serious flooding levels over the next 6 months. Help us equip artisanal colored gemstone miners to protect their mines with a $160 donation. Prevention strategies include sandbagging, trench digging, and water storage.


$125 Miner Toolkits

80-90% of all East African miners are farming miners or mining farmers! They use their farming tools to do hard-rock mining, leaving them ill-equipped for safety and success. We want to equip them with the essential tools for self-protection and ensure they effectively reach their goal: gemstones!

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$125 Miner Toolkits sponsored
Secondary School Scholarships for Mwatate Children’s Home
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Gem Miners & Brokers receiving gemological education
Annual young adult scholarships to attend the Gemological & Gem Faceting School

What We Do

Gem Legacy is committed to supporting artisanal colored gemstone mining regions and creating long-term projects to: expand the power of vocational training, empower entrepreneurs, and invest in community development. 

Other Ways You Can Help

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1 year of breakfast and lunch for a Kitarini Primary School student

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1 Silicosis Prevention Mask and replacement filter for a Tanzanite Miner

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1 Miner Toolkit, customized with the tools needed by each individual miner

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1 secondary school scholarship for a Mwatate Children’s Home student

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1 scholarship to attend the Gemological & Gem Faceting School’s 5 month program

1 Donation Leaves a Forever Legacy

100% of Every Donation Goes Direct to Initiatives