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Who We Are

Care Link is an organisation that was formed in on 16th October 2004. Our primary function is to support the refugee community from Central Africa living in West Midlands (Rwanda, Burundi, D R Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Central African Republic) and offer a number of services to the community.

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No significant development has been made due to lack of funding.


1. Management Committee

  • Mrs Ange Mwihabuntu, Chairperson
  • Dallya Uwase, Vice Chairperson
  • Ms Walingamina Shomari, Secretary
  • Bernard Ntivunwa, Treasurer
  • Olga Bogdanova, Advisor

2. Part Time Paid Staff

  • Rev Nayima Elias Mulebi, Senior volunteer

3. Volunteers

  • Mrs Elena Rikova
  • Valentine Tkachenko
  • Alina Tkachenko
  • Rev Helen Wheeler

Funders, Encountered difficulties, Evaluation


During the period under review, Care Link potential funders were:

The James Tudor Foundation

  • The Hilden Charitable Fund
  • The Harry Payne Trust
  • The Scarman Trust

Though this period has given a little hope to the whole refugee population from Central Africa with the improvement of Home Office processing of application for asylum the system in which we operate did not enable Care Link to totally materialise its activities as initially foreseen. The reasons are here below explained:

  • Massive displacement of asylum seekers under NASS contract;
  • Limited financial resources to face a huge amount of needs;
  • Weak networking system with other refugee groups leaving a great amount of work to Care Link to carry out this kind of activities on its own;

During the year being considered, Care Link has evaluated its effectiveness and commitment. Based on results, we are pleased to say that our work on behalf of refugees from Central Africa has been somehow completed as planned in spite of economic challenges in trying to raise enough fund. We have achieved as much as we had hoped.


Membership is open to individuals over eighteen or organisations who are approved by the Trustees.

The Trustees may only refuse an application for membership if, acting reasonably and properly, they consider it to be in the best interests of the Charity to refuse the application. There is a membership application available. A copy of this application may be requested by phoning our office on 0121 565 2612.

The Trustees will inform the applicant in writing of the reasons for the refusal within twenty-one days of the decision.

Once membership is approved, the details of the new member will be kept in our register of names and addresses of the members which is made available to any member upon request.

Charity information

Central Africa Refugee Link is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No. 6218206 Charity Reg. No. 1109505.

Registered Office: Central Africa Refugee Link, 91 Hurst Road, Smethwick, Sandwell, West Midlands, B67 6LY, UK.

Tel/Fax: 0121 565 2612

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Care Link West Midlands was established  16th October 2004

We are not a grant making organization.