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Our Mission

Our two-fold mission is both domestic and international.

ZIDO’s domestic mission is to empower immigrants in the Twin Cities to successfully adapt, thrive, and ultimately make valuable contributions in their adoptive communities. To this end, ZIDO staff and volunteers have undertaken initiatives in education, youth development, advocacy, and assistance.

ZIDO’s international mission is to equip local immigrants for community service projects in their countries of origin. In developing countries, ZIDO team members have undertaken public health projects addressing issues of sanitation and hygiene, potable water resources, and maternal and child health.  ZIDO projects have also addressed economic development through micro-enterprise initiatives.

All of ZIDO’s efforts emphasize the development of greater self-sufficiency for communities facing social and economic challenges.

Our philosophy: We believe that access to clean water.. [Read more]

The values that shape our initiatives: Community participation and ownership … [Read more

Our Challenge – Overview of the Needs