Our Mission

Together, we are creating a more equitable and just society.

We advocate for and act to increase equity and social justice through programs, services, community organizing and collaborative leadership that create equitable opportunities for African refugees and immigrant children, youth and families to thrive.

As Central Minnesota’s largest BIPOC agency,  our goal is to help develop the necessary support and tools for our families to become their own advocates and agents of change.

We reinforce the cultural wealth and the lived experience of the family.

hugging children 1

Our Partners - It takes a Village

Our Values

What makes us different?

COMMUNITY-DRIVEN

Our Services are informed by and with the voice of the community in mind. We will be flexible with our delivery and responsive to our changing community demands and issues.

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

We strive to ensure that our systems, structures; and those of partnerships actively support the capacity of communities to be their own advocates.

UNBREAKABLE RESILIENCE

We draw upon our individual, and collective competencies to cope with, adapt to, and develop from the demands, challenges and changes encountered in our past and current lives.

join us at cairo

Join us in the movement for Equity

Our commitment to systemic and sustainable change toward creating equitable opportunities is ingrained in our mission and demonstrated throughout our priority areas of community health, equitable education, and economic development. We constantly work to strengthen our staff and organizational capacity to address social inequities.

This includes ensuring our internal work is rooted in the principles of social justice and that our organizational culture supports staff and volunteers in being innovative, creative, passionate, and accountable.

Get Involved

Share

Share the good work that we do and ask others to join us!

Advocate

Join us in empowering communities to be agents of change!

Volunteer

We invite you! Your communities need you!

Donate

Your donations will go far with helping those who need us now!

With US, by US, for US

Working together for Community Impact

Help us in building community agents of change.

We envision a more just and equitable society in which children, youth, and families live in sustained, supportive communities, that reinforce the cultural wealth and lived experience of the refugee and immigrant family. Our expertise lies in our ability to provide services that empower the African refugee and immigrant communities to enrich and their their lives, through our work in equitable education, community health and economic development.

Meet Our

Leadership Team

Salad
Salad O'Barrow
Board Chair
Nafisa
Nafisa Fai
Board Member
Tejan
Tejan Conteh
Board Member
mariam
Mariam Mohammed
Advisory Board Member

Community Needs

Priority Areas

economic-development

Economic Development

The goal of our economic development is to improve the economic self-sufficiency of the African refugee and immigrant communities with high unemployment and poverty rates thorough stable housing, sustainable employment, and small enterprise development. From financial literacy training to employment basics and job interviewing strategies, our economic development programs provide refugees and migrants with the tools needed to become financially independent. We work with key community stakeholder groups to foster welcoming environments for refugees in the workplace while offering technical assistance for minority-owned small businesses.

equitable

Equitable Education

We understand that the academic and social excellence of children is directly tied to the economic prosperity of their community. We view education as the greatest equalizer and a principal tenet of our communities’ pursuit of the American dream. From creating parent-child interactions in early years, to working with preschoolers and school-aged children, CAIRO continually works with partners in the co-creation of safe, positive and engaged school climate and culture for an equitable outcome for all students.

community health

Health & Family Services

Improving the health of our communities is a fundamental commitment rooted deeply in our efforts to build a vibrant community. We continually strive to empower our children, youth and families to attain their full health potential. From focusing on prevention, navigation and coordination to advocating for culturally responsive holistic care and mental health education, CAIRO will provide culturally relevant community health work (CHW), community organizing, leadership development, and expand the capacities for our disproportionately affected groups (individuals with low income, lower education and poor mental health) to build health resilience.

children reading
parent leadership
Reading Time
parent leadership council

Our Events

Our Location