Ker & Downey is a leading travel design company dedicated to crafting individually-inspired travel experiences that allow travelers to see the world in a whole new way. Along with our passion for travel is our passion to serve impoverished communities all over the world. Africa is where Ker & Downey’s story began and is a continent that continues to enrich our lives every day. Ker & Downey for Africa, the 5013c nonprofit philanthropic arm of Ker & Downey, aims to serve communities all over Africa. Its mission is to provide love, healing, and hope to the poor, sick, and terminally ill by distributing food, clothing, cash donations, and medical supplies. Additionally, the Ker & Downey team has adopted several children who receive financial support for schooling, uniforms, computers, and other needs to support their education. With integrity and understanding, we embrace our responsibility to co-create a world where each of us, our communities, and our planet can flourish. All the while, we celebrate the sheer love of travel and showing how travel, when done right, can break down barriers.   

Ker & Downey For Africa

Shortly after 9/11 and the economic downturn that followed, David Marek, the president of Ker & Downey, realized the need was much greater and expanded to create Ker & Downey for Africa. Through annual mission trips, Ker & Downey has provided much-needed services to African communities. Specifically, we have been able to assist in the administering of blood tests, medical and dental treatment, life-threatening surgeries, and the distribution of prescription medications, reading glasses, and mosquito nets to protect from malaria. Additionally, we provide medical clinics to people living in rural areas of Uganda and Kenya. For some, it is the only doctor they will see all year. 

Malaria continues to be a major threat in Uganda. One million people die yearly from the disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of the victims are children under the age of 5. Through donations, we provide insecticide-treated mosquito nets to fight against malaria. Ker & Downey annually matches donations for every net purchased, helping to stop the devastating spread of disease through mosquito bites. To date, we have handed out over 90,000 mosquito nets. Did you know that just $7 purchases one net that lasts three years? Each net can save the lives of four children.

Currently, due to the residual effects of the pandemic, some of the world’s most vulnerable are at the most risk. Food shortages, the lack of medical care, and loss of jobs have created more of a challenge for people barely getting by and in 2020, Ker & Downey rallied together to support our friends in Uganda.   

Our past trips to Uganda and Kenya have resulted in thousands of changed lives. As a company, we remain dedicated to continuing with the hope of leaving a lasting impact and can’t wait to return to help with the massive need. 

Read the 2019 Report

Likewise, to learn more, watch how Ker & Downey for Africa was started.

The Ripples Foundation


Ker & Downey for Africa supports the Ripples Foundation, a Ugandan-based charity initiative with a mission to further spread love and kindness to vulnerable children who are orphaned, sick, disabled or in need, through fundraising and donating to charitable causes.  

Donations go to four main causes: 

  • The sponsorship of children for education and upkeep
  • The Jaja’s project, which supports the elderly  
  • Home of Hope, based in Jinja, which is a home dedicated to paraplegic children 
  • Torro Babies Home, a home that cares for 50 children mostly under the age of four 

They believe one person may not be able to create a substantial impact on society, but with joint efforts through acts of love and kindness to the less privileged, it has a greater ripple effect on society. 

Over the years, Ker & Downey has supported 12 students to receive an education and help with school supplies, some have attended University and post graduate trade-specific schools. 

Your donations help us be able to keep giving back to the countries we love. Read more and consider donating today.