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History


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History


 

a local organization, with an international impact

Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a 501(c)(3), founded in 2003 by Africans for Africans. It was formed to be an umbrella organization of the various African populations residing in Colorado, particularly for the refugee communities.  After completing their preliminary resettlement, we wanted to create a place where groups could work together towards integration, rather than allowing the divisiveness of their past define their futures in America. We expanded our mission in 2014 to include advancing the cause of integration by fostering education, self-sufficiency, and empowerment for all refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants.

 

Our Mission Is To...

support Colorado’s refugee, immigrant, and asylum-seeking populations in their pursuit of integration, self-sufficiency and freedom.

....But Our Vision is So Much Larger Than That.

At CAO, we envision a world where everyone has a place to call home.

 
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Staff


Staff


 

our staff

 

The staff of CAO speaks 20 languages. They have the access to and trust from refugees to assist them with integrating in and contributing to their new American communities.

 

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lydia dumam

Co-Director of Programs

English, Amharic, Kunama, Tigrinya

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asbi mizer

Co-Director of Programs

English, Hindi, Nepali

FARDUUS AHMED

Office Administrator and Community Navigator

English, Somali

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GEORGETTE KAPUKI MABI

Community Navigator

English, French, Congolese, Swahili, Lingala, Sangu

 
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MOHAMED JUMA

Community Navigator

English, Arabic, Swahili

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ABIR AL-KABBANi

Community Navigator

English, French, Arabic

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KA PAW HTOO

Community Navigator

English, Burmese, Karen

 
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Leadership


Leadership


 
 

our leadership

CAO's Board of Directors are a group of talented individuals committed to providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance to our organization.  The Board has the necessary professional and personal experience to carry our organization into the future. 

CAO is currently led by Interim Executive Director, Paul Stein.

 

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Sharon DAFONDANOUTO

Board President  

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Alioune Sogue

Board Vice President

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Joan Njagu 

Board Treasurer

Karl Schock

Board Secretary

 
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Chantal Viagbo

Board Member at Large

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Philip Chung

Board Member at Large

 

Sally Sogue

Board Member at Large

 
 
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Contact


Contact


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6795 Tennessee Avenue | Suite 250

Denver, CO 80224

303.953.7060