For 48 years, in 62 countries, we've walked alongside the vulnerable so they find hope for all of life.
WHO WE ARE
As a wholistic organization of The Alliance, CAMA's mission is to see hurting communities reach their full potential. In working to alleviate suffering and poverty, we invest in local solutions guided by local leaders and local churches. We are committed to extending your deep compassion to suffering communities around the world.
CAMA stands for Compassion and Mercy Associates.
And we pronounce CAMA like "comma," the little special punctuation mark.
WHAT WE DO
In Disasters, we bring relief.
Together, with Alliance churches and trusted partners, we express Christ's compassion through emergency assistance.
The Christian and Missionary Alliance established CAMA in 1972 in response to the Vietnam War. CAMA received 501(c)(3) status in 1974 as it continued to meet the overwhelming needs of refugees fleeing Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Today, as a specialized structure of Alliance Missions, our staff respond to the needs of people affected by violence, poverty, and disasters. The gospel is at the heart of our relief and development efforts.
The C&MA launches CAMA to meet the needs of refugees in Southeast Asia.
CAMA becomes a 501(c)(3) non-profit as it continues the work begun two years prior. Relief efforts with refugees evolve into long-term development projects in several locations throughout Asia.
CAMA begins ongoing relief and development work in Africa, and adds more staff to oversee famine relief in West Africa.
The C&MA appoints the first full-time CAMA director. We begin serving refugees fleeing the Liberian Civil War, which becomes our largest relief project.
Relief work is established in the Balkans to assist war-affected families. Our team remains there on the ground today.
CAMA responds to the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, one of history's deadliest natural disasters. Our long-term staff continue to serve in the region.
Hurricane Katrina becomes CAMA's first major response in the United States.
CAMA responds to the Syrian Refugee Crisis, efforts that continue today.
Our team begins meeting the needs of Venezuelan and Rohingya refugees.
... and our story continues.
Thanks to you, hope is flourishing in hundreds of communities.
As part of Alliance Missions (AM), we are committed to providing gospel access to the least-reached peoples of the world. We are one of four specialized AM structures, aligning with marketplace ministries, aXcess, and Envision to see gospel access for and from all peoples.
Responds to disasters globally and partners locally to restore communities and alleviate poverty.
Facilitates marketplace professionals who bring their expertise to a community to disciple those around them.
Proclaims the gospel and multiplies networks of faith communities among the least-reached of the world.
Identifies and develops missional leaders through short-term missions experiences and innovative ministry strategies.