When a crisis like Australia’s bushfires dominates the news, much-loved travel destinations can quickly be labeled no-goes. In recent years we’ve seen it happen after unrest in Egypt, natural disasters in Nepal, and fires in the Amazon, even when safe travel is possible. There are things you can do (and yes, even places you can visit right now) to support Australia and their recovery from the ongoing wildfires. We invite you to join us in helping our friends “down under”—they’re going to need us, and you.
When you speak to Mary Fanaro, founder of the OmniPeace Foundation, it is easy to get swept up in her passion for Rwanda. Her dedication has inspired a whole slew of celebrities to support her schools in Africa—nine total that educate close to 3,000 children. We caught up with Mary to find out why she feels a pull to this part of the world.
Peter and Corie Knights are on a mission to end the illegal wildlife trade. We caught up with Corie to chat about her travel habits and WildAid’s important mission. Peter and Corie Knights are driven by passion and a desire to leave the world a better place than when they arrived. That desire manifests itself in WildAid, founded by Peter in 2000. WildAid’s main message is simple – “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” Instead of focusing on protecting animals from poaching, they’ve shifted their focus to reducing the global consumption and demand on products made from animals. […]
A Rhino philanthropy project with a goal of relocating 100 rhinos from South Africa to Botswana, Rhinos Without Borders has taken on a huge undertaking. Ker & Downey is a proud supporter of this rhino philanthropy project. Get involved and make a difference! The first time you fly over the Okavango Delta and see herds of elephant trundle over the floodplains you are left in awe. Africa is such a magnificent continent, vast with incredible wildlife. Seeing Africa for the first time instills in one the desire to preserve it for those that follow. The most pressing issue in Africa […]
Philanthropy travel combines a passion for travel and conservation. You can make a difference. Partner with Ker & Downey and these worthy projects. We’ve checked in with the Nets for Africa Campaign and the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show this year, but we thought it was time to update you on some of the other philanthropy projects that we care about. It’s easy to combine a passion for travel with conservation, and these projects are a great place to start if you really want to make an impact through philanthropy travel. Bana Ba Letsatsi Bana Ba Letsatsi in Maun, Botswana, […]
Mosquito Nets for Africa are life-saving. Ker & Downey President David Marek updates us on the annual Nets for Africa trip to Uganda, coming up in August. Once again, Ker & Downey is supporting a team visiting Uganda who are taking much needed mosquito nets, medications, doctors and nurses to the rural areas around Mbale. The trip is set for August 27 through September 7 and once again Ker & Downey is matching all donations that come through our website. Last year’s trip was a huge success with over 9,000 mosquito nets distributed, 15,000 people saw a doctor for diagnosis – […]
Elite NFL star Larry Fitzgerald is a visionary, transforming his celebrity and passion for travel into a game-changing influence for a better world. Haley Beham caught up with Larry fresh off his trip to Rwanda, where he volunteered with the Starkey Hearing Foundation, to discuss his passion for travel, giving back and where his enthusiasm all started. Larry Fitzgerald, a 10-year wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, is a force to be reckoned with both on and off the football field. Pairing his commitment to give back to the community with his love of traveling the world and exploring new […]
A call to action from Ker & Downey’s President David Marek reveals just how easy it is to combine passion for travel in Africa with compassion for the people, wildlife and breathtaking lands cape of this great continent. Make a difference today. Protecting Africa’s Wildlife and Natural Resources My passion for African wildlife started in 1978 when I first flew over the Okavango Delta in a Cessna 206 and watched a herd of elephant trundle over the flood plains trailing a plume of dust. Seeing Africa for the first time instills in one the desire to preserve it for those […]
This year David and Gana returned to Uganda for their yearly mission to distribute mosquito nets and hand out medications to communities in need. His recap from the trip is below. Our medical mission to Uganda (July 17 – July 28) was a huge success. This year we served three communities over six days handing out 3,000 nets at each location. We hired local doctors and nurses that saw approximately 14,000 people (many seeing a doctor for the first time), and we provided over $20,000 in medications to treat illnesses ranging from malaria to intestinal worms. Somewhat as an afterthought, […]
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 […]