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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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Leadership


Leadership


 

our leadership

CAO's Board of Directors are agroup 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.   

 

 

Ali Sogue

Board President

Sally Sogue

Board Member at Large

Phil Chung

Board Treasurer

Chantal Viagbo

Board Member at Large

Sharon Dafondanouto

Board Secretary

Rachel Mukwaya

Board Member at Large

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Staff


Staff


 

our staff

Our talented and passionate staff are the heartbeat of CAO.  With a vast array of professional and personal experience, CAO staff anchor themselves in guiding principles to guide their work and decision-making with the community and our partners.  Collectively, CAO staff speak 20 different languages!

 

English  |  French  |  Nepali  |  Hindi  |  Triginya  |  Kunama  |  Burmese  |  Karen  |  Lisu  |  Swahili  |  Lingala  |  Sangu  |  Arabic  |  Moroccan  |  Somali  |  Italian  |  Spanish  |  Ahmharic  |  Oromo  |  Russian

 

Jill Fricker Executive Director jillf@caoden.org

Jill Fricker

Executive Director

jillf@caoden.org

Farduus Yusuf Program Assistant & Community Navigator farduusy@caoden.org

Farduus Yusuf

Program Assistant & Community Navigator

farduusy@caoden.org

Katie Hile Citizenship Grants Manager & Instructor katieh@caoden.org

Katie Hile

Citizenship Grants Manager & Instructor

katieh@caoden.org

KaPaw Htoo Community Navigator kapawh@caoden.org

KaPaw Htoo

Community Navigator

kapawh@caoden.org

Rohit Dhungel Executive Director, Global Bhutanese Community of Colorado rohitd@caoden.org

Rohit Dhungel

Executive Director,

Global Bhutanese Community of Colorado

rohitd@caoden.org

Neal Burton Refugee Community Impact Program Manager nealb@caoden.org  

Neal Burton

Refugee Community Impact Program Manager

nealb@caoden.org

 

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Georgette Kapuku Mabi Community Navigator georgettek@caoden.org

Georgette Kapuku Mabi

Community Navigator

georgettek@caoden.org

Lydia Dumam Community Navigation Co-Manager lydiad@caoden.org

Lydia Dumam

Community Navigation Co-Manager

lydiad@caoden.org

Sadiya Datu Babysitter sadiyad@caoden.org

Sadiya Datu

Babysitter

sadiyad@caoden.org

 
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Contact


Contact


Get In Touch 

6795 Tennessee Avenue | Suite 250

Denver, CO 80224

303.953.7060