We are

inspired by faith in Christ. CAUSE Canada strives to be a catalyst for global justice. We provide sustainable, integrated community development in rural West Africa and Central America through authentic, collaborative long-term relationships.


"The biggest enemy of health in the developing world is poverty."

Kofi Annan



CAUSE Canada was founded in 1984 by Paul and Beverley Carrick. After years of working within the developing world for a large international charity, the Carricks returned to Canada to begin a family. Their many overseas partners, however, were not prepared to let them go. The Carricks were overwhelmed with project submissions from friends and former colleagues in both Central America and West Africa. Literally hundreds of excellent community-based project submissions were given to Paul and Bev for funding consideration.

Initially, the Carricks championed the best of these proposals to Canada’s most reputable non-governmental organizations. Unfortunately, the standard response was as follows: “Your projects are excellent, however, we have more of our own good projects on file than we can possibly finance. We cannot support your overseas projects before we find funding for our own. You will have to look elsewhere for assistance.” In response to this reality, the Carricks birthed CAUSE Canada.

Twenty-five years later, CAUSE Canada has raised over 35 million dollars for development programs within Latin America and Africa.

CAUSE Canada’s work has not been completed, however. The 26th Chapter of Matthew’s Gospel quotes Christ as saying that “You will always have the poor with you”. Christ does not say that we will always have extreme poverty with us. Therefore, we are challenged to overcome the evil of extreme poverty by performing compassionate acts of good. (Romans 12:21)

There remains much work left to do. CAUSE Canada plans on continuing the good fight of championing the rights of the poor until such time as extreme poverty ceases to exist.

Mission Statement

Inspired by faith in Christ, CAUSE Canada strives to be a catalyst for global justice. We provide sustainable, integrated community development in rural West Africa and Central America through authentic, collaborative long-term relationships.


We are motivated and guided by our relationship with God as Creator and Jesus Christ as loving Saviour of all people, and by God’s Word in the Bible which calls us to sacrificially serve our fellow human beings, especially those who suffer most.

All of our work is oriented toward promoting just, respectful and peaceful relationships between all peoples, between humanity and God, and between communities and their environment. Promoting a holistic well-being, a “shalom”, in communities is fundamental to improved quality of life everywhere.

The inherent worth of every person regardless of social status, disability, race, religion or gender is the foundation of our work within marginalized communities. We recognize the potential of every person to develop his/her abilities in contributing to building healthy society.

CAUSE Canada, as a Christian faith based organization, heeds the call of God to reach out to marginalized, oppressed, suffering and deprived members of the human family.

Leadership as Christians means to serve. We are called to work diligently, without self-interest and a desire for material reward, for the poorest of the poor.

It is important to maximize the quality of our efforts in order that effective, long term, holistic transformation may occur among the people with whom we work, by the grace and for the glory of God.



CAUSE Canada Office Location:

Canmore, Alberta

Canadian Staff

              Wendy Fehr: Executive Director

              Wendy Fehr: Executive Director

Wendy Fehr is the Executive Director at CAUSE Canada. Wendy grew up in Alberta and studied English and Women’s Studies as an undergraduate and later received her Master of Arts in International Development with a focus on women in development.

Wendy’s career has focused on issues related to human rights, and to forced and economic migration at the local and international levels. Her experience includes working in research and policy on education and gender-based violence with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and High Commission for Human Rights. She is also experienced in non-profit leadership having worked in director positions with the Immigrant Sector Council of Calgary and the Human Security Report Project.


Simon Ongom

Chief Financial Officer         


David Fafard      

Program Director (MNCH)



Grace Brown       

Program Director (CAUSE Kids)



John Burgener

CAUSE Kids Administrator



Amber Cranston   

Financial Assistant



Jon Carrick

Program Director (Microfinance)                                                                                      

Paul and Beverly Carrick: Founders

Paul and Beverly Carrick: Founders


Sierra Leone

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CAUSE Canada Office Locations:

  1. Head Office | UNIMAK, Makeni
  2. Southern Sierra Leone | Bo, Moyamba, & Makeni
  3. Northern Sierra Leone | Kabala

Sierra Leone STAFF


Joseph Bangura / Country Director


Total staff in Sierra Leone: 32

CAUSE Canada Programs

  • CAUSE Kids
  • Teacher Support
  • Integrated Learning Centre (Computers and Mobile Library)
  • School Feeding Program
  • School Food Gardens
  • Peer Literacy Program
  • CAUSE Bursary Program
  • Micro-credit: business loans and training
  • Maternal Newborn Child Health
  • Programs for the disabled
  • Birthing Huts

Joseph Bangura has a BSc (Hons.) in Applied Geophysics from The Stary Oskol Geological Prospecting College in the former USSR and an MSc in Groundwater and Foundation Engineering from the University of Tübingen in West Germany. He has led engineering programs for Plan Sierra Leone, Child Fund, Catholic Mission, Community Action for Progress, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the Government of Sierra Leone, founded GEOWATER Company for constructing water and sanitation infrastructure and WEBCO Construction Enterprise – for other construction projects. Prior to becoming Country Director, Joseph was CAUSE Canada’s Sierra Leone Program Engineer.



CAUSE Canada Office Locations:

  1. Todos Santos Cuchumatán
  2. Comitancillo


Guatemala Staff

Jorge David Sandoval Bautista | Country Representative

Jorge David Sandoval Bautista | Country Representative

Since 2002, Jorge has worked on reforestation projects, nursery programs and has been coordinating the Women`s Integral Empowerment Program in Comitancillo, San Marcos and Todos Santos Cuchumatanes, Huehuetenango. Jorge lives in San Marcos with his wife Libia Anayí Méndez López and their children; Paulo and Sharon. Jorge shares CAUSE Canada`s vision to help under-assisted people, particularly those of his country, Guatemala.


Total staff in Guatemala: 8

CAUSE Canada Programs

  • Micro-finance: business loans and training
  • Maternal Newborn Child Health
  • Literacy Program
  • CIPECADI(children with special needs)
  • Potable Water Program



Elmer Reyes | Country Director

Elmer Reyes | Country Director


CAUSE Canada Office Locations:

  1. Las Vegas, Santa Bárbara
  2. Esparta




Elmer Reyes has been a part of the CAUSE Canada family since 2011, when he began working on the Women’s Integral Empowerment Program (WIEP).  He is the Country Director for CAUSE Honduras at the head office in Las Vegas Santa Barbara and lives in San Pedro Sula with his wife and three children. Elmer is very passionate about helping Honduran families rise out of poverty. He has over 20 years of experience working in community development, leading projects in health, water and sanitation, agriculture and microfinance.


Total staff in Honduras: 5

CAUSE Canada Programs

  • Micro-finance: business loans and training
  • Maternal Newborn Child Health

Board of Directors

Derek Allchurch | Chairperson


Derek is a graduate of the University of Calgary (B. Comm. 1989) and the University of Alberta (LLB. 1993). Derek has been a practicing civil litigation lawyer in Alberta since 1994. He currently practices Plaintiff's personal injury law at Litwiniuk & Company in Calgary. Derek is a past Board member of the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association (2000 to 2006) and a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Personal Injury section (2006 to 2007). Derek volunteered with Calgary Legal Guidance for 18 years (1995 to 2013) and served as that organization's Chair in 2011/12. After years of admiring CAUSE from afar, Derek was elected to its board in October 2012. In March 2014 Derek traveled to Sierra Leone with Paul Carrick to see CAUSE's operations in Kamakwie, Kabala and Makeni in action.


Ron Lewis                               Finance Committee

Lee Raine                                Director

Bobby Samuel                       Secretary

Betty Tenga                            Director

Pamela Manning                  Chair of HR Committee

Martin Tweeddale                Treasurer/Finance/Audit Governance/Audit Review Committee

Wayne Whitbourne              Director/Audit Review Committee


Annual Report & Financials

At CAUSE Canada, we have many ongoing projects. Our most recent annual report will give you a glimpse at some of the projects and exciting results! These reports also include our summary financial statements for the year.


Current Programs

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Sierra Leone





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