Gem Legacy reaches goal for solar panel installation
Jewelers Mutual Group matching donation helps bring light to children in East African mining community
Gem Legacy advisory board member Craig Selimotic Danforth set forth a personal goal this year to donate to the non-profit to make a meaningful difference to the East African colored gemstone mining regions.
Danforth is also the Vice President of Client Solutions at Jewelers Mutual Group, where giving back is a large part of the company’s story. So much so that they provide a 50% charitable gift match for employee donations to nonprofit organizations, like Gem Legacy. Together, Danforth and Jewelers Mutual’s monetary contributions pushed Gem Legacy to its 2020 funding goal for a solar panel installation.
The installation of one solar panel at the Mwatate Children’s Home in Kenya will give orphans light at night to read books, practice their English skills, as well as complete homework. Sunset is around 6 p.m. year-round in Kenya so this will allow the children as much time as possible for learning. Additionally, a solar panel will exponentially increase the sanitation of the children’s daily lives.
"A simple solar panel will be life-changing for these 28 orphans,” said Roger Dery, Founder and Director of Gem Legacy. “Changing lives is what we're all about and we thank Craig and Jewelers Mutual for collaborating with us to make this possible! I think the completion of this fund shows the power of coming together toward a common goal and committing to giving back and reinvesting within our own industry. This orphanage was founded by local gem dealers and continues to be funded by local members of the gem trade; our support of their efforts to contribute to their community are invaluable."
Jewelers Mutual’s gift match program is one way the company supports employees to be socially responsible and involved in the community.
“It’s been an honor to collaborate with Gem Legacy to create positive change in East Africa,” said Danforth. “My philanthropic philosophy historically focuses on groups that don’t have a voice within the larger global community. Therefore, when the opportunity presented itself to assist these children, it was an easy decision, both logically and emotionally. Using technology will help provide for a better future by propelling their lives forward. The added advantage for these children is I work for Jewelers Mutual – an organization which takes its charitable responsibilities to the industry seriously.”
If you’d like to learn more about how you can support Gem Legacy’s mission and initiatives around kids, education and entrepreneurship, visit gemlegacy.org.
ABOUT GEM LEGACY
Gem Legacy is a 501c3 nonprofit whose vision is to create thriving colored gemstone mining communities. It is committed to finding areas of need and forming long-term commitments that find sustainable solutions together. 100% of donations return directly to East Africa where we equip colored gemstone mining regions for growth and success: education, health, tools, training, and more. For more information on Gem Legacy’s initiatives, visit: gemlegacy.org.
About Jewelers Mutual Group
Jewelers Mutual Group was founded in 1913 by a group of Wisconsin jewelers to meet their unique insurance needs. Today, Jewelers Mutual offers products and services nationwide and throughout Canada that enable jewelry businesses to run safe, secure, and successful operations. Consumers also put their trust in Jewelers Mutual to protect their personal jewelry and the special moments it represents. The group’s strong financial position is reflected in its 34 consecutive ratings of “A+ Superior” from A.M. Best Company, as of November 2020.