The Clarke Cares Foundation began with Clarke, a global environmental products and services company that develops and delivers environmentally responsible mosquito control and aquatic services. The company’s commitment to community – one of Clarke’s three passions, together with innovation and sustainability – sparked the desire for a big project to give back to those in need.
Clarke initially developed a net program to provide relief from mosquito-borne diseases in suffering communities. The company was uniquely positioned to launch this effort based on their focus on mosquito control products and services, and their ability to distribute on a global scale.
To best get nets in the hands of those who need it most, Clarke sought to team up with a global organization with complementary goals and capabilities. They found an ideal fit in The Carter Center, which was already providing medicine and aid on the ground in Kanke, Nigeria. The Carter Center immediately recognized how mosquito nets could contribute to their relief efforts, and so in 2008 the Clarke Cares Foundation was born.
Since then, the Clarke Cares Foundation has been working in support of The Carter Center to provide nets and education to thousands of families in Nigeria – one of the most endemic countries in Africa for lymphatic filariasis (also known as elephantiasis) and malaria, both deadly and preventable mosquito-borne illnesses.
Our first net program delivered 38,000 bed nets, and to-date, the Net for Net Project has sent 218,600 nets to needy families. And we’re just getting started.
Most recently, we've partnered with another non-profit, Pure Water for the World. This partnership opens up opportunities to better meet our mission in helping to protect people from mosquito and water-borne diseases. Expanding our support to areas within Central America and Haiti allows us to be involved with new endeavors that provide critical help in bringing clean drinking water, safe sanitation systems and hygiene education to remote communities. In Honduras alone over 680,000 people lack access to safe water and over 1 million lack access to basic sanitation.
Our initial goal is to provide the San Marquitos de Yamales school in Trojes, Honduras, with the necessary funds to provide safe water and sanitation for all of the school children.
Programs: The Foundation’s yearlong programs drive donations and distribute nets to communities in need. The Net for Net Project aims to deliver mosquito bed nets to Nigerian families, with Clarke matching each donation. Our Safe Water Saves Lives project will be supporting Pure Water for the World programs through various fund-raising events, with Clarke providing additional donations.
Events: Events are regularly hosted in support of the Foundation to raise funds and spread awareness. Successful events include a show at Chicago’s House of Blues in which 700 people attended, as well as affiliate-hosted events like golf outings, church fundraisers and a paddle board outing.
Internal: Clarke remains actively involved in driving the Foundation’s mission internally, by providing matching gifts for Clarke employees and spreading awareness and interest among customers and colleagues.
From struggling communities to disaster zones, the Foundation is constantly looking for areas where our resources and expertise can reduce suffering from mosquito and water-borne diseases. We hope you join us in this effort to help those who need it most.