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Mission


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Mission


 

everyone has a place to call home

Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a nonprofit organization that exists to support Colorado’s refugee, immigrant, and asylum-seeking populations in their pursuit of integration, self-sufficiency and freedom.

 

Self-Sufficiency

CAO provides programs to support individuals and families in becoming self-sufficient in their new homes in Colorado.

Local Integration

CAO provides opportunities for local integration by building our refugee  communities through community organizing and organizational development.

Partner Capacity

CAO builds the capacity of our partners to understand and deliver services in a culturally relevant manner.

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The Populations


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The Populations


 

refugee

[ noun ]
a person who is legally permitted to leave their country of residence and enter another due to persecution, or fear of persecution

asylum-seeker

[ noun ]
a person who has fled their home country in search of protection from persecution or fear of persecution

naturalized citizen

[ noun ]
a person who is building a new life in the United States, having at least five years of permanent residency and now eligible to become naturalized citizens 

 
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Stories


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Stories


their stories are more powerful than you could ever imagine

 

"I WAS SO SMALL WHEN WE LEFT. MY MOTHER CARRIED ME ALL NIGHT, I DID NOT KNOW WHERE WE WERE GOING. NOW I AM SO HAPPY TO BE IN AMERICA."

- YOHANNES, AGE 12, ERITREA

"I LIVED IN A BHUTANESE REFUGEE CAMP IN NEPAL FOR 19 YEARS."

- SHER, BHUTAN

"WHEN I FLED THE JUNGLE, I NEVER DREAMED THAT I WOULD BECOME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN."

- KAPAW, BURMA

"I WAS ONLY SIXTEEN YEARS OLD WHEN I LEFT AFRICA, JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE. IT TAKES COURAGE TO BE A REFUGEE."

- GEORGETTE, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

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Impact


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Impact


 
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increase in ASYLUM-seekers in the United States in the past 3 years

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refugees will be welcomed into Colorado in 2016

billion spent by the United States on resettlement services in 2014

 
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Newsletter


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Newsletter