The GemStudio believes in creating an environment for our local community to gather, refine and reform gems. We also work to refine and reform impoverished communities. The GemStudio’s humanitarian efforts uniquely help others across the world.
Over the past 5 years, we have been involved with humanitarian work in developing nations, including work on several entrepreneurship and microloan projects, planned medical outreaches and important construction projects. A portion of the profits made at The Gemstudio are used to support our orphanage in Uganda. We also sell rings made by young girls in Nepal who have been rescued from sexual violence and donate all of the proceeds back to them.
Our relationship with the Ugandan orphanage was born out of a humanitarian trip for a volunteer organization based in Uganda. GemStudio founder Matt felt inspired to be there and knew he needed to find a way to leave his mark on this beautiful country. This dream came to fruition when Matt met a local Ugandan woman named Carolyn Bisikwa, who wanted to start an orphanage in her village. What started as a tin shed and a number of mud-walled classrooms on top of a hill is now a growing orphanage, home to over 60 children. These children have lost their parents due to death, abandonment, neglect, or abuse. Matt and GemStudio team members return often and work to provide a loving and safe environment for them to grow up in. Our hope is to have changed the course of these children's lives.
The Gemstudio donates a portion of its profits to the orphanage to help fund the children’s futures.
In Nepal, Matt has taught young girls at a shelter called Raksha (@raksha.nepal) in Kathmandu how to silversmith. These girls have been rescued from sex trafficking and domestic sexual abuse. Learning a trade gives them an opportunity to develop a potential vocation, have a creative outlet, and builds their confidence. The light these young girls radiate shines through their art, leaving each ring with a piece of their love. To support these young women and help provide for them financially, we sell their rings through our online store.
Shop the Nepal Collection to support these girls.
When you buy anything at The Gem Studio, your dollars do more than buy jewelry, they make a difference.
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To make a contribution to Matt and Carolyn's orphanage, you can make a donation below.
You can also visit our efforts at www.1heart1mind.org
All donations to our partner non-profit. One Heart One Mind (501c(3)) will qualify as a tax write off.