Category: Giving Back

Nets for Africa: An Update from David Marek in Uganda

Nets for Africa: An Update from David Marek in Uganda

Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are in Uganda this week handing out medications and insecticide-treated nets with the Nets for Africa Program. Check out his update below and continue to check back for updates throughout the week. Today we completed our first two-day program at our first church just down from Sipi Falls. I don’t know if it’s rumor or fact that Sipi Falls got its name when Stanley and Livingstone were exploring the Nile and found the falls.  Stanley, finding the waters of the falls looking so enticing said to Livingstone, “I’ve just got […]

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Exciting News for Ker & Downey’s Nets for Africa Program

Exciting News for Ker & Downey’s Nets for Africa Program

Each year Ker & Downey employees work to provide mosquito nets to communities most in need in Africa. These insecticide-treated mosquito nets reduce the life-threatening effects of a mosquito bite and are saving lives across the continent. This year Ker & Downey has some exciting news regarding the distribution of the donated nets. Our efforts at Ker & Downey to provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets for the people of Africa is an ongoing endeavor. What started as a small medical mission trip in the summer of 2009 quickly grew to something much more. With your assistance, our Nets for Africa program […]

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Interact with the Wild

Interact with the Wild

Traveling the world opens our eyes to different places, people, and cultures and allows us to experience things outside of daily life. With Ker & Downey’s conservation journeys, interact with some of the world’s most loved but endangered species without sacrificing luxurious amenities and comfort. These journeys combine the best of both worlds with eye-opening experiences and five-star accommodations. Discover the Cheetah Conservation Fund with the Namibian Encounter The cheetah is the world’s fastest land animal, but not even it can outrun the risk of endangerment. The icon for speed and highly revered among kings for thousands of years, the […]

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Nets for Africa Reduces the “Sting” of Mosquito Bites

Nets for Africa Reduces the “Sting” of Mosquito Bites

For the past three years, Ker & Downey employees have worked to provide mosquito nets to communities in Uganda to reduce the life-threatening effects of a mosquito bite. This year the goal is set higher than any year before; distribute 18,000 nets to the communities most in need. In a recent article in the New York Times, Nicholas Kristof spoke of a hope found in the progress of the African continent and the decline of disease stating, “one of the great achievements of humanity in recent decades has been the marginalization of ancient and dreaded diseases.” Trachoma, polio, and leprosy […]

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Ker & Downey is the Home Run Derby Sponsor for the J.J. Watt Charity Classic Softball Game

Ker & Downey is the Home Run Derby Sponsor for the J.J. Watt Charity Classic Softball Game

Whether it is planting trees in the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in South Africa or helping orphans in Uganda, at Ker & Downey, we believe in giving back to both the local and international community. Two local philanthropic events we are pleased to be a part of are taking place stateside this Saturday. This is the second of the two posts about Ker & Downey’s local philanthropic efforts. In the last two years, J.J. Watt has made quite the name for himself as a defensive end on the Houston Texans. His motto of “dream big, work hard” is applicable to the work he does both on and off the […]

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Ker & Downey to Provide Mosquito Nets and Assistance to Communities in Uganda

Ker & Downey to Provide Mosquito Nets and Assistance to Communities in Uganda

Mosquito nets and medical assistance included as part of the annual relief effort HOUSTON, TEXAS, April 25, 2012 – In observation of World Malaria Day, Ker & Downey has announced their commitment to distributing 12,000 mosquito nets in Uganda to help end the sting of mosquito bites and malaria. Via the organization Manna from God, Ker & Downey’s president David Marek has traveled to assist impoverished communities in Uganda. On these annual mission trips the residents are provided with countless blood tests, doctor visits, clothing, and supplies, including thousands of mosquito nets. “Malaria accounts for 40 percent of Uganda’s public […]

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The Good (Samara)tans

The Good (Samara)tans

Sustainable eco-tourism has become an important aspect in luxury travel around the world, and it is no more vibrant today than in South Africa. But among all those who are just now pushing philanthropy, there is one who has been doing it all along… You hear a lot today about the new “trend” in philanthropic travel or the “trend” in sustainable travel, but isn’t this kind of thinking missing the whole point? Philanthropy isn’t just another great travel “trend” to bring in money when the economy is bad. Philanthropy is a moral standard; it’s a love, a passion, and a care for […]

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