When you travel with Ker & Downey, you become a force for good across the globe. These are some of the initiatives and partnerships we’re proud to support.
BOTSWANA | CAMBODIA | ECUADOR | SOUTH AFRICA | UGANDA
FIELD NOTES: South Africa
Filling your lungs with fresh air is easy to do around the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve in South Africa’s Western Cape. Over the years Ker & Downey has supported the planting of 600 trees as part of an extensive milkwood reforestation project in an area that was once devastated by wildfires and human intervention. In total, more than 6,000 trees have been planted, some by Ker & Downey guests who got their hands dirty in an effort to restore this vulnerable environment. A tree is planted by the Grootbos Foundation for every Ker & Downey client traveling to South Africa.
The people living in this biodiverse hot spot also benefit from Ker & Downey donations through Grootbos’ local ecotourism and hospitality training programs at the Green Futures College. Ten to 12 unemployed women learn sustainable livelihoods, breaking the cycle of poverty for their families. When graduating from the program, they are offered a certification that is highly sought after in the ecotourism sector and each one is ensured employment.
Their children between the ages of six to 19 strap on athletic shoes and learn hockey, soccer, canoeing, and rugby — to name a few — across 16 schools in the Overberg area. In these high-risk communities, the Football Foundation offers children a valuable opportunity to play safely, build camaraderie, and have a healthy meal. An extra bonus is the chance to attend local, provincial, and national sports matches.
Through these Grootbos Foundation programs, Ker & Downey clients are investing in people and the planet.
Eco-conscious Ker & Downey clients traveling to South America support the Galo Plaza Lasso Foundation’s efforts to protect the only surviving South American bear species — the Andean Spectacled Bear — and its habitat through local education efforts and tracking systems. In the future, the foundation plans to build an interpretation center to educate guests about the bears. You will likely see these docile creatures roaming around the pristine hills and valleys around Hacienda Zuleta.
A portion of every custom Asia journey goes to ABOUTAsia, an organization founded with the aim of changing local communities in the Siem Reap Province through education. Ker & Downey clients have helped close to 53,000 children across 110 schools with upgraded libraries, playground equipment, and new water wells.
For over two decades Ker & Downey has been returning to Africa on a mission to give back to the communities we love and adore. Our medical missions in Uganda provide doctor and dentist visits, provide life-saving drugs and surgeries, and distribute thousands of insecticide-treated mosquito nets. We want to triple the work we have done and need your help to provide care in rural villages and three schools. Donate here.
OmniPeace lifts children out of extreme poverty through education and music. The Rwanda Rocks Music Schools offer afterschool music programs for children in Kigali and Rwanda’s Kiziba Refugee Camp. The Foundation has also built schools in Mali, Malawi, and Senegal. With a Ker & Downey journey, you can visit a school and participate in a drumming experience. Ker & Downey is pleased to join forces with Hollywood stars to support this worthy cause.
The Bana Ba Letsatsi center supports over 250 vulnerable, at-risk orphaned children and youth. Some have never attended school or dropped out early, while others suffered physical and sexual abuse, or have used drugs or alcohol. Kids are given a safe place to learn, access to counseling and medical services, and are taught new skills. Our Desert to Delta journey directly benefits Bana Ba Letsatsi.