Team International Assistance for Integration or TIAFI ( in Turkish: Uluslararası Yardımlaşma ve Entegrasyon Derneği) is a registered charity working in Turkey to empower the most vulnerable (refugee) women and their families so that they can find the peace, security and respect they deserve. Started by one person, TIAFI is growing fast and attracting support from volunteers and organisations worldwide who share our values of humanity, respect and interaction. At TIAFI you can find all nationalities working together, pitching in side-by-side and sharing ownership of our projects.
TIAFI Info Point offers one-to-one support to all refugees who seek help. We assist them with; understanding the asylum system and Turkish system, destitution services, accommodation, healthcare, education, social services, and law consultancy. We give them information in many different ways; face to face, on through phone calls or Facebook. As many refugees cannot speak Turkish, our info facebook page in Arabic stands a useful tool for them which is proved by over 40.000 views for our posts.
Child Care Service
Many refugee and Turkish women need to work to support themselves and their families, but a shortage of daycare facilities restricts their chances of finding employment. To meet their needs, TIAFI offers Child Care Service to the children aged from 4 to 6 in a safe, stimulating and learning environment. Besides, Child Care Service aims to enhance children development and integrate Syrian and Turkish children through social interaction. Operation Hours of Child Care Centre are from 10:00 to 16:30 (Monday to Friday).
Every day, refugee women are voluntarily cooking free lunch for everyone in the neighborhood. With that they not only feel part of the community but also they are lending a small hand by feeding poor people in the area. Our lunch hour is between 13.00 and 13.45 (Monday to Friday). Feel free to come!
TIAFI is located in one of the poorest areas in Izmir where many people do not have enough money to effort in clothes. Against a really small amount of payment, they are free to buy their needs from our shop. The collected money goes for the regular expenses of TIAFI such as ingredients for daily meals, child care materials etc. And actually, many items are given away for free.
Sport is quite beneficial for children: by playing sports children develop physical skills, exercise, make new friends, have fun, learn to be a team member, learn about play fair, improve self-esteem, etc. Also, it can contribute greatly to swift and sustainable integration between Turkish and Syrian children. Our sports room is open from 10.00 to 16.30 for everyone!
Life of refugee women does not have to be hopeless or an endless struggle. Here, we would like to give them opportunity to spend an enjoyable time, and producing fantastic bags with their creativity. When we say fantastic, we do not exaggerate. Still not sure, then click click https://www.instagram.com/tiafibags/.
Turkish Speaking Club for youth and women
Arguably one of the most important parts of life abroad requires at least a basic understanding of the language. Through our regularly Turkish speaking club, we aim to improve their Turkish language skills which will help them to look for jobs, make friends and get their things done.
ABC Service provides additional support to Syrian and Turkish children in their school duties such as homework, exams, and projects. During the service children overlearning, exchanging their knowledge and gaining different perspectives. Operation Hours of Child Care Centre are from 10:00 to 16:30 (Monday to Friday).
We create change
To achieve a safe haven we are establishing a large Community Center. Here we want to train vulnerable women to seamstresses, while their children are being looked after and are being helped to enter Turkish schools. The tea room and advice centre will be a place for people to recuperate and get the extra support they need to find security.
We also pay regular visits to refugee families in the local area to see how they are doing and if we can provide ongoing assistance with food, medical care, education and work. We are also looking out for Turkish or women of other nationalities who are in the same situation and in urgent need of help as well.
We reach out
Many young women have lost their husbands and families during the many wars, or in their flight from armed conflict across the region, and they now find themselves living alone with their children in the Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey. At present the vast majority of these women have very little opportunity to continue their dangerous journey or to securely establish themselves and develop a livelihood in Izmir. We want to change this. By establishing a safe space for vulnerable women and their children in the neighbourhood of of Zetyinlik – home to tens of thousands of stranded refugees – we will work together to preserve their dignity and develop a secure livelihood.
We work together
There are many people and foundations pitching in. We would like to name two of them who are helping us out with money, sound advice and helping hands. Together we are working to get the community center up and running, help women and children to be safe and have an independent life so they can integrate into local society and kids can go to school. Have a look at their websites and like their Facebook pages as well.
It is not a bad thing to open up and to be vulnerable when it comes to sharing your story with other people. Stories can be very healing and many people benefit from getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom to others. This can be especially powerful for people who do not always feel that they have the chance to help others. So, we are ready to tell our stories If you would like to hear please go to our Facebook page. Maybe there are many ways of helping out.
Want to help?
1. DONATE Any money you are able to provide will go directly to: the rent of our Community Center; school fees and books for the kids; materials and sewing machines for women who will be trained to seamstresses; food and sanitary delivery to self-made camp’s and kitchen costs. So every donation or donating on a monthly basis is more than welcome. You can make a donation directly at our centre or by following this link.
2. VOLUNTEER. People who want to stick out their hands are very welcome. We do have two basic rules. You have to stay at least 7 days full time and do your own crowd funding and bring money with you to spend on the project. Supply now and we will answer all your questions.