I am very proud to announce the first project of the KAI Foundation. KAI is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and over 20 years we have undertaken a number of small initiatives in an effort to give back to the local communities in which we have a presence. However, the foundation was recently created to undertake larger initiatives which can make a significant difference to a community in need.
During a recent trip to Royal Zambezi Lodge in Zambia, where we celebrated “a significant birthday” for my wife with family and friends, we all visited the local village of Mugarameno. It became very evident that the residents of the village and the surrounding villages were in dire need of better medical facilities. The single room clinic served those who were in need of medical attention while also acting as a maternity ward. The conditions of this facility are not where any woman should be bringing a child into the world. There was no bathroom or running water.
While we were visiting the village we made the decision to build the “Claire Kartagener Maternity Ward”. As you will see from the following image, we have broken ground and sometime in early 2016 local women will be able to come to the clinic and give birth in a facility that will offer the basic services we all take for granted.
The maternity ward will be used only for pregnant women and will maintain certain criteria we have established to insure the facility delivers the level of care in the environment we would all expect for such a facility. The commitment we have made will insure the structure is built and has running water, bathroom and the very basic services. Much more will need to be done to fund the purchase of medical supplies and equipment. This will be done on an ongoing basis and we welcome the support of our partners in the travel industry.
I would welcome speaking with you if you wish to support us in this initiative or learn more about our next major initiative to give back to the communities that have allowed KAI to reach our 20th anniversary. Thank you for your past support and I look forward to another 20 years!
Kartagener Associates Inc.
Giving Back, KAI Foundation, Lower Zambezi, Maternity Ward, Zambia
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