History

Since its founding, CAUSE Canada has been working with people living in extreme poverty in rural, remote, and marginalized communities in developing countries. CAUSE Canada is a Christian-based organization that believes, as followers of Jesus, it is our mission and mandate to work alongside the extreme poor to help them overcome the barriers that keep them hungry, uneducated, and without medical support – that keep them in poverty, and from realizing their potential and justice.

We believe that every person has right to be valued and treated with dignity.

CAUSE Canada was founded in 1984 by Paul and Beverley Carrick. At that time, CAUSE Canada began working in Guatemala, Mali, and Liberia. In 1988, it began providing emergency health care and distribution of food and non-food items to 30,000 internally displaced women and children in Sierra Leone.

Around the same time, in the community of Twicuxlaj, Guatemala, CAUSE Canada built the first of many water and sanitation systems. These systems have now been implemented in over 40 communities in rural highlands of Guatemala and we continue to work with communities to help them access fresh water.

In 1993, the organization began providing maternal, newborn, and child health support. This area of programming has also grown and CAUSE Canada is now working in more than 140 communities to help decrease the maternal and infant mortality in rural, marginalized communities in Guatemala and Honduras.

Over the years, CAUSE Canada has continued to grow, adding the CAUSE Kids Sponsorship Program in 2006. In 2017, CAUSE Canada’s education programs served over 17,000 children.

CAUSE Canada also responds to emergency situations when its expertise and knowledge of the disaster-hit region is needed. These relief efforts have included Hurricane Mitch (Honduras, 1998), Hurricane Stan (Guatemala, 2005), and the Ebola outbreak (Sierra Leone, 2014).

The CAUSE Canada journey has been exciting, and at times challenging, however helping people living extreme poverty to realize that their lives matter is the heartbeat of CAUSE Canada.