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"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.

Over the passed years, 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:

Calgary, 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       



Elizabeth Nadurille

Program Director (Microfinance)


David Fafard      

Program Director (MNCH)



Amber Cranston   

Financial Assistant



Carla Gervais

Fund Development and Communications Manager



Casey Kennedy

CAUSE Kids Sponsorship Coordinator                                                                             


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

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


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



Jose Gabriel Flores | Country Director

Jose Gabriel Flores | Country Director


CAUSE Canada Office Locations:

  1. Las Vegas, Santa Bárbara
  2. Esparta




Jose Gabriel Flores was born in the city of La Ceiba in 1980. Educated by a single mother, he graduated in Agricultural Economics at CURLA de la Ceiba. Jose is experienced in many roles and has worked as a microcredit promoter, a Pharmacy and Distribution Center manager, a manager for the municipalities of La Ceiba, Roatan and Santa Barbara, and as a financial administrator. Jose is currently living in Comayagua with his wife, Cecilia Gabriela. He has always had a passion to empower people and contribute to his country. Thanks to CAUSE Canada this dream is being fulfilled.


Total staff in Honduras: 5

CAUSE Canada Programs

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

Board of Directors

Martin Tweeddale | Chairperson

Martin was born in England and moved to Canada with his wife in 1969. Martin completed his studies in Physiology and Pharmacology and then completed his medical degree, all at the University of London, England. He was offered the opportunity to complete a residency in internal medicine and clinical pharmacology at the Montreal General Hospital. Martin was certified through the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1972. The following year, the family moved to Newfoundland where Martin was appointed as Assistant (and later Associate) Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at Memorial University. It was here where Martin’s career focus changed towards critical care medicine. He helped to start the intensive care unit (ICU) at the General Hospital in St John’s and became the first Chair of the Department of Intensive Care.

In 1986, Martin moved to the University of British Columbia as Clinical Professor of Medicine and Director of the ICU at the Vancouver General Hospital. During that time he also became the first Program Director for critical care trainees. He finished his medical career working as a unit director for the ICU at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, UK. Martin is now retired and has returned to Canada, specifically to Canmore, AB. Martin has served on the boards for several churches and charitable organizations including acting as CAUSE Canada Treasurer from 2014 - 2016. He is currently a Warden at St. Michael’s Anglican Church (Canmore) and serving as the Chairperson for CAUSE Canada.


Ron Lewis                               Treasurer/ Finance Committee

Ed Neufeld                              Director

Bobby Samuel                       Vice Chair / Chair Governance Committee

Dale Taylor                             Secretary

Pamella Manning                 Chair of HR Committee

Les Sawatsky                         Director


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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