Community Partner Overview
Mission: CAIRO’s mission is to enhance social justice and achieve parity for the diverse African immigrants and refugees communities through organizing, collaborative leadership, and service advocacy.
Vision: CAIRO envisions a more just and equitable society where all can thrive.
Lead Partner: Erin Stevanus
CAIRO/SVP Partnership: CAIRO is the sole advocacy organization in Oregon for and by African immigrants. It is a statewide, grassroots not-for-profit that engages, educates and empowers African immigrants and refugees communities with a view to inspire hope so they rise above the circumstances that marginalize them. CAIRO was formed in 2016 following the completion of the Somali Education Trust report revealing educational disparities for Somali youth. It developed a culturally-specific preschool classroom serving 20 Somali children in the Powellhurst school (David Douglas SD), partially funded by Preschool Promise. SVP is supporting CAIRO with strategic planning and leadership development by investing the time & expertise of our skilled volunteers.
For more information, visit CAIRO Oregon.