The Canadian Central American Relief Effort (CCAMRE) is a non-governmental organization run by volunteers.
CCAMRE, previously known as The Halton and Peel Central America Relief Effort (HPCARE) started in 1999 in response to the devastation brought by Hurricane Mitch in Central America.
In 1998, Hurricane Mitch hit Central America destroying villages, killing about 9,000 people and leaving more that one million homeless. Hilda Rossi, traveled with her friend Rosie DeBiasi to Guatemala to see the devastation and upon their return she created the Canadian Central American Relief Effort organization (CCARE) to help the native Mayan of the region of La Union in the Merendon Mountains. In March 2010 changed the acronym to CCAMRE at the expectation of Care International.
On August 15th 2003, CCAMRE received the charter letter and the official designation as a charitable organization registered with Revenue Canada. Prior to the registration the organization worked under the umbrella of the Hispanic Development Council, Halton Multicultural and Appleby United Church.
Since the small beginnings CCAMRE has been able to contribute significantly to the quality of life for the people of the region of La Union. CCAMREs works on health, education, reconstruction and community development initiatives that will lead towards self-sustainable communities.
CCAMRE is an organization of Canadians working in partnership with a community of Central-Americans resulting in improved lives in both regions
CCAMRE focuses on initiatives that enhance the capacity of communities to become self-sufficient