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History


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History


 

a local organization, with an international impact

Colorado African Organization (CAO) is a local home for an international community. We work with partners to support refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants on their paths toward self-sufficiency, integration, and freedom. Founded as a 501(c)(3) in 2003 by Africans for Africans, we were initially  formed to be an umbrella organization for refugee communities, where groups could work together towards integration, rather than allowing the divisiveness of their past define their futures in America. Through a combination of community navigation, case assistance, education programs, and legal services, we now support a broad range of individuals and families to become integrated in Colorado after their initial arrival and resettlement. At CAO, our approach to client engagement and service delivery is unique in the breadth of support it offers. Within the greater landscape of lay health workers that are culturally and linguistically appropriate, our model combines community engagement with holistic case management to support successful integration over time.

 

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

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FARDUUS AHMED

Office Administrator and Community Navigator

English, Somali

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GEORGETTE KAPUKI MABI

Community Navigator

English, French, 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

TRACY HARPER

Immigration Attorney

English

 
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PAUL STEIN

Executive Director

English

 
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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. 

 

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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

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Karl Schock

Board Secretary

 
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Chantal Viagbo

Board Member at Large

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DANA MANYOTHANE

Board Member at Large

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JAN RHODES

Board Member at Large

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Philip Chung

Board Member at Large

 
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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