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7 AGS Jewelers Deliver Over 350 Books to Orphanage Via Gem Legacy

Wednesday, August 21, 2019  
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The traveling library was collected by jewelers and their clients.

Seven American Gem Society (AGS) jewelers united in a Gem Legacy book drive to benefit the Mwatate Children’s Home in Mwatate, Kenya, which is home to 28 kids, ages 6-18. The 350+ books donated by clients and community members will begin a library at the orphanage. Gem Legacy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit supporting colored gemstone mining communities in East Africa, including Mwatate, Kenya which is in the Tsavorite Garnet producing area.


“These children have such a hunger to learn but don’t have the tools with which to do it,” said Roger Dery, Executive Director of Gem Legacy. “Gem Legacy is excited to come alongside the home and fill their needs to ensure that the kids are thriving and successful. Education is the first step.”

The children learn English in school, but do not have a way to practice outside of school for pleasure. The picture books, early reader chapter books, workbooks, and coloring books will allow them to further their knowledge of the English language.

The following AGS member stores participated in the book drive: Calvin Broyles Jewelers, Cline Jewelers, Cooper & Binkley Jewelers, K.Jons Diamonds & Gems, Lester Martin Jewelers, MarBill Diamonds & Jewelry, Waterfall Jewelers.

Books are still needed and Gem Legacy is encouraging continued book drives. For more information about Gem Legacy or to donate, please email and follow Gem Legacy on Instagram @thegemlegacy and on Facebook @thegemlegacy.

If you would like more information, please contact Rachel Dery, RS, at or 248-545-3546.

Pictured from left to right: Marty Pearlmutter, Pam Pearlmutter, Rachel Dery, RS, Ginger Dery, Roger Dery, Gina Hawkins, CG, Kathy Curley, Michelle Broyles, CSA, Don Broyles, CGA, and Holly Schafer, CGA.

Children at Mwatate Children’s Home proudly display their books, toys, and other donated supplies.

Don Broyles, CGA, from Calvin Broyles Jewelers in Hurricane, WV, reads a book along with two children from the Mwatate Children’s Home.

So many stacks of donated books, stuffed animals, and supplies to choose from!

Two boys from the Mwatate Children’s Home read a book together.


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