Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer with CACHA?

We are looking for highly motivated individuals who are passionate about our work, share our vision and want to help make a difference in the lives of people in Africa. Your gift of time will help make a difference and is very much valued.

Do volunteers have to be registered CACHA members?

Yes, A 1-year membership is included in mission costs.

Can I help if I only have limited time to give?

We welcome all volunteer help. There are a variety of ways to volunteer if you only have limited time to give. Your gift of a few hours could help us translate documents, organize our warehouse, complete administrative tasks, help run fundraising activities, and much more. Contact our office (613- 234 9992 or to get information on current projects that need support, or register at here.

Can groups volunteer?

Yes! Volunteering with your own group can be a fun way to work together with colleagues, friends, classmates or family members. In the past, we have worked with high school and university groups to successfully fundraise for projects in Africa and organize our warehouse. We also support group enrolment for missions abroad. For information about group activities contact our office at or call (613) 234 9992.

Are there any job opportunities with CACHA?

Because CACHA is a small, volunteer based organization there are limited paid job positions available. However, we are always looking for volunteers for our office in Ottawa or for professionals to join one of our committees (including; Marketing, Finance, Fundraising, Policy, Members and Volunteers, and Medical Supplies). If you are interested in volunteering please email us at or register as a volunteer here.

What financial support is available for Medical and Nursing students?

Most universities have travel grants that you might be eligible to apply for, contact your university or college’s international or financial service offices.  Speak to a faculty member or organize events to raise funds. All volunteers get a fundraising page on CACHA’s website, and support and advice from our staff.

Is there a pre-mission orientation?

Yes, a mandatory orientation is organized for mission volunteers at our Ottawa HQ about a month before your departure date.  Our pre-departure session will provide you the opportunity to meet your Mission Lead and your fellow mission participants.  In addition, you will have the chance to meet with past mission participants and hear their first hand experiences. You will also receive a pre-departure package that includes recommendations for travel and health insurance, visa requirements, required immunizations, tips and tools for raising funds and more.  Finally, you will participate in organizing the medical bins at the CACHA warehouse and distributing them amongst the team.  This is essential for your arrival in Benin, Tanzania or Uganda so you are aware of the contents of each bin, making setting up for caravan more efficient and effective.

What if I cannot make it to our pre- mission orientation?

Two orientations will be held on separate dates to provide you with ample opportunity to attend the session. One orientation will be run by your Project Officer and the other by your Mission Lead.  If you cannot make it to the office for the meeting, you can Skype or teleconference into the session. Pre- departure training sessions are mandatory.

What do you mean by ‘vulnerable child’?

A vulnerable child is a child who may have one or both parents but lives in extreme poverty; and cannot be raised by his or her family for a variety of reasons.

For the Bénin OVC, children were identified as orphans or vulnerable according to the following criteria:

    • Children who have lost one or both parents
    • Children who work in a domestic situation
    • Children who live on the street
    • Children who are victims of trafficking
    • Children who have disabilities or live in abject poverty
Where can I find more information about health, Africa, partners, or governing bodies?

Additional information is linked within the project or mission page. Additional links can be found here:


United Nation (Humanitarian Affairs)  

World Health Organization (WHO)  

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)


Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)  

Government of Canada


Country Reports