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Gem Legacy Expands COVID-19 Relief Efforts

It is feeding artisanal mining families and providing sanitation equipment and awareness.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROYAL OAK, MI – Gem Legacy, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to colored gemstone mining communities in East Africa, is expanding its COVID-19 relief efforts to include foodstuffs and sanitation supplies, along with COVID-19 prevention awareness.

COVID-19 is having urgent and drastic effects on mining regions since their livelihood from selling the gems they mine has virtually stopped for the last 6 weeks to 3 months. Gem Legacy is committed to adapting to the most urgent needs of its initiatives and responding with innovative solutions to ensure their holistic success. Rachel Dery, director of communication and outreach, will remain on the ground in Arusha, Tanzania to personally organize all COVID-19 relief efforts and monitor new needs as the situation develops.

The suspension of school includes government-sponsored lunch, leaving children with high poverty level at home at serious risk of malnutrition or starvation. $25 feeds one child lunch every day for one month. Gem Legacy is also feeding artisanal mining families who have felt the significant decline in gem buyers for the past 6 weeks to 3 months and depend on the sale of gemstones to feed their families. $250 feeds one mine and its families along with sanitation supplies for one month.

“Now more than ever, Gem Legacy is working to respond quickly and effectively to the most basic needs of gem mining communities: food, water, and sanitary supplies, said Dery. “This is a crisis moment for mining communities and we want to make sure they are still mining when COVID-19 has passed.”

For more information or to donate, please email [email protected] or visit gemlegacy.org. To learn more, follow Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy and on Facebook @thegemlegacy.

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