The KAI Foundation

In 2015, The KAI Foundation was created with the goal of giving back to some of the communities that have given KAI and our travel partners so much over the years. The Foundation, headed by KAI Chairman Henry Kartagener, is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization fully funded by private donations.

Following a family trip to Zambia during which we visited Mugarameno, a small village about 45 minutes by boat from Lower Zambezi National Park it was determined that this would be the site of the KAI Foundation’s first project. Mugarameno is the main village in an area known as Chiawa; the clinic there services approx. 20,000 people living in the vicinity and the facilities left A LOT to be desired. The one room clinic had no running water and very limited electricity (just a small solar powered refrigerator). It was decided that we would build a maternity ward for the community and in November 2015 ground was broken on what would come be known as the Claire Kartagener Maternity Ward.

This project was doubted by most and if successful was expected to take a number of years. However, with funds donated from Kartagener Associates Inc (KAI) and many private donors consisting of industry partners, family & friends, along with great support from our local management team at Royal Zambezi Lodge the maternity ward was completed and officially opened on December 10, 2016. Henry was present for the ribbon cutting ceremony and to our joy the first baby was delivered at the facility just 2 days later! A beautiful, healthy baby girl that the mother named Claire in honor of the maternity ward’s namesake…

If you want additional information on the KAI Foundation, or would like to help add to the story please reach out to Henry or David at the KAI offices, 800-524-7979 or


The Humble Beginnings

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Ribbon-Cutting / Official Opening (09DEC 2016)

12.10.16 8 12.10.16 2 Henry cuts the ribbon to the Claire Kartagener Maternity Ward in Mugarameno, Zambia on 10DEC 2016.

First baby born at the ward (named CLAIRE!), on 12DEC 2016)

Claire is the first baby born at the maternity ward in Zambia - she entered the world happy & healthy on 12DEC 2016.

1 Year Celebration (48 healthy babies have been delivered already!)