The Rural Gems is a non-profit organisation based in London, United Kingdom. We promote education, learning and training among disadvantaged persons including children, young people and adults in the UK.
At TRG, we foster skills acquisition and deliver various employability training programmes as a way of reducing child poverty.
In addition, TRG serves as a learning laboratory for rural children and young people in developing countries with particular interest in Nigeria, West Africa.

Our Vision

A world where disadvantaged children, young people and adults can access opportunities and be empowered to succeed in life.

Our Mission

To inspire learning and broaden horizon of disadvantaged children, young people and adults

Our Values

Create opportunities

(for businesses, employment, advertisements, partnerships, mentoring programmes)

Inspire Learning

(through talk shows, free 1:1 tuition, establishing libraries in rural African communities)

Transform Lives

(befriending, sign-posting, meal on TRG, help with shopping)

Mary Chiaka Oguike

Mary Oguike is the founder of The Rural Gems (TRG), a not-for-profit organisation that believes education is crucial for the advancement of communities. At age 39, Mary took a career break from being a Research Scientist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to found TRG. Mary obtained her M.Sc and PhD degrees from the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria with specialization in the field of malaria. With over fifteen years of research experience, Mary has recently joined Secondary education as a Science Teacher in the UK to transfer her passion for science to the younger generation.

Edmund Nwagbaraocha

(Executive Director)
Edmund, a millennial, is a first-class graduate with a Masters degree from the University of Derby, United Kingdom. He is an ardent believer in the power of education and so promotes this cause.

Adrian Onyeka

Adrian holds a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Kent, United Kingdom. He is an academic with extended experience in library management.

Tunde Tabi

(Public Relations Manager)
A Marketing Communications expert, Tunde has a degree in the Humanities and brings to the board of Trustees of The Rural Gems, two decades of advertising and public relations expertise spanning different industries.

Uchenna Maureen Nwandison

(Programme Manager)
Maureen holds a degree in Accounting from Enugu State University, Nigeria as well as a PGCE in Education from St Mary's University Twickenham, London United Kingdom. She has several years of experience in primary education and has championed several ICT programmes across different schools in United Kingdom. She is a strong advocate for education.


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