Canadian Association for African Refugees (CARA) is a humanitarian relief organization
with headquarters in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. CARA’s mandate spans to create awareness in
Canada about the rights and plight of refugees, and to mobilize relevant tools as well as
resources to empower these refugees for integration and poverty alleviation. since most refugees
and displaced persons generally remain close to their origin, we take into strong regard their
psychosocial stability to extend same care to refugees and internally displaced persons in Africa.
Refugees are persons fleeing from conflict, wars or persecution in their country of origin.
According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of refugees, asylum seekers and
internally displaced persons (IDPs) has reached its highest point since World War 2, with over
108 million persons, including women and children by the end of 2022, indicating an increase of
19 million at the end of 2021. Over 30 million of these populations are in Sub-Sahara Africa.
CARA was founded in December 2018 by a group of human rights defenders as a response to
the systematic lack of information, support and media coverage about the huge refugee
challenges in Canada and Africa by extension, and its consequences on the impact both on the
refugees and the broader Canadian society.
Incorporated under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (NFP Act No. 1116251-9),
CARA work towards bridging the media gap in Canada with regards to the lack of adequate,
balanced and credible information and knowledge about the challenges facing the millions of
refugees, asylum seekers in Canada, not leaving out refugees and internally displaced persons
(IDPs) in Africa. Equally, the provision of guidance and mentorship for integration into the
Canadian lifestyle and regulations constitute a significant service package to our outreach. The
essence is to re- awaken the consciences of, and to mobilize renewed support from the Canadian
society and donor organizations in their traditional role as defenders of the rights of vulnerable
people as enshrined in international law to which Canada is a Signatory.
Why African Refugees?
Figures from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) shows that Sub-Saharan Africa alone
contributes about one-third of the world’s refugee population. The number continues to soar
triggered by insecurities, human rights violations and poverty in Democratic Republic of Congo,
Cameroon, Nigeria, the Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Burundi, South Sudan, Mali,
Niger and Burkina Fasso.
Finding solutions to refugee crises in Africa has always been a herculean task because of lack of
political will, bad governance and the non-respect of international conventions. Also, because of
dwindling resources and access to risk zones for urgent humanitarian assistance, movement of
persons out of these zones presents as the only chance to live. Most recently, Western donors and
partners in international humanitarian assistance have shifted to the crises in Isreal, Ukraine,
Russia, Syria, and and other areas faced with natural disasters worldwide, thus making the plight
of African refugees even more relegated. Yet, Africa constitutes the largest number of displaced
persons in the world, with Canada seemingly a safe heaven for many.
CARA therefore intends to work with the Canadian society in order to reverse the growing trend
of their strategic programs in favor of international humanitarian assistance for African refugees
in Canada and Refugees and IDPs in Africa for poverty reduction in line with the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs).
CARA’s Mission is to provide comprehensive humanitarian relief to African refugees and to empower them through mentoring, resource mobilization and partnerships for poverty alleviation and livelihood.
CARA envisions Canadian society in which every displaced person will arise for a productive, autonomous and fulfilled life in the dignity of humanity.
In fulfilling CARA’s challenging ambition for humanity, in alignment with the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs), it is committed to its mission by upholding the core values of: