Award winning ACE Africa

Award winning ACE Africa

Swala Gem Traders has been working closely with the award winning Ace Africa, in assisting local communities with prevention, counseling and treatment of HIV+ orphans and children in the Arusha region.

You will find more information on Ace Africa’s website. If you wish, you can donate money directly on their site.

Between 2004 and 2009 Swala Gem Traders' sister company, Evergreen Exploration was mining Tsavorite in Komolo. One aspect of the mining venture was helping local Maasai community

Helping local Maasai community

Between 2004 and 2009 Swala Gem Traders’ sister company, Evergreen Exploration was mining Tsavorite in Komolo. One aspect of the mining venture was helping local Maasai community by developing projects with them.

Attached is a certificate (18/03/2008 ) of appreciation from the Simanjiro district commissioner’s office for the construction of 2 classrooms at the Komolo primary School and the donation of a motorcycle to the local police station which did not have any means of transport.

Rescue mission in Marerani

Rescue mission in Marerani

On march 28, 2008 Swala Gem Traders contribute in kind and in cash for the rescue mission in Marerani, where a terrible flood killed and burried dozens of miners in Block B.

You can see more information about this event in this article.

Komolo School projects

While organizing their trips, the Association Française de Gemmologie (AFG) told us that they intended to participate financially in some type of local development project, perhaps in the field of education, but not necessarily linked to the world of gemstones. After assessing different options, we decided to build an extra classroom on the grounds of the Komolo school.

L’Association Française de Gemmologie

The first substantial village next to our tsavorite mine at Lemshuko is Komolo and the location of the deposit is occasionally referred to as “the Komolo deposit”. This village, located 20 kilometers from the mine, is large enough to host a primary school attended by close to a 250 pupils, the “Komolo Primary School”.

The Association Française de Gemmologie (AFG) came visited Tanzania twice in 2006, each time with a different group of approximately 30 people. Participants in these “gem-safaris” were gemologists, scientists, traders, jewelers and hobbyists.
While organizing their trips, the AFG told us that they intended to participate financially in some type of local development project, perhaps in the field of education, but not necessarily linked to the world of gemstones. After assessing different options, we decided to build an extra classroom on the grounds of the Komolo school.

Komolo School Komolo School Komolo School

The amount of $7,500 was required. The AFG decided on a $4,000 contribution which everyone here in Komolo is grateful for. Swala Gem Traders provided the remaining $3,500. We would like to sincerely thank the AFG for initiating such a project.

The International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA)

In mid-2007, a large ICA group (50 people) came to East Africa for a 10 day gem-safari, spending five days in Kenya, followed by another five in Tanzania.

In Tanzania, the first day was spent at Mererani, the world famous tanzanite deposit; an hour from Arusha. The ICA spent the following day in Arusha town. This enabled members to see and purchase various rough and cut gems. The next day, the group travelled to our tsavorite mine at Lemshuko where they were shown the whole mining process from the initial extraction to the final stage. The last day was a more traditional safari as members visited to the Ngorongoro Crater.

The ICA board explained that in one way or another, they always participated in a philanthropic action during each of their overseas trips. While going to the mines, we visited the Komolo school. We told the ICA about the “AFG-Swala Gem Traders” project and as yet another classroom was needed, the ICA decided that a similar contribution should be made.

The second classroom has since then been built with a similar budget. The breakdown of the contributions is: ICA – $3,000; individual ICA members – $2,000; Swala Gem Traders – $2,500.

Komolo School Komolo School