About Us

​Based in Augusta, CANMP (pronounced "camp") embraces immigrants as “New Mainers” who bring much-needed diversity, energy, and vitality to our area. With robust programs and a strong network of volunteers, we aim to:

  • Cultivate personal relationships: We give immigrants and local community members the opportunity to meet, share experiences, and build lasting relationships.

  • Meet immigrant needs: We connect immigrants to helpful people and resources in the capital area to meet immediate and long-term needs, and we provide opportunities for them to become contributing members of our community.

  • Educate the broader community: We advocate for immigrant needs and educate the broader community about diverse cultures and immigration issues.

New Mainers SpeakInterview with CANMP's Noor Alnaseri
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Board of Directors

Ahmed Al Abbas

CANMP Co-Founder

Aaminah Aleem

University of Maine-Augusta

Hasan Alkhafaji

CANMP Co-Founder

Elizabeth Burgess

Emmanuel Lutheran Episcopal Church

Karina Escajeda

Augusta School Department

Kristin McLaren

Winthrop School District

Sarah Shed

CANMP Co-Founder


Chris Myers Asch

CANMP Co-Founder & Executive Director 


A native of Washington, D.C., Chris teaches history part-time at Colby College while running CANMP. He and his wife, Erica, have three kids and live in Hallowell. 

Capital Area New Mainers Project  •  70 State St., P.O. Box 5712, Augusta, ME 04332  • newmainersproject@gmail.com  •  207-370-5246

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