Anne O’Rourke, Founding Director

TIAFI is headed up by Anne O’Rorke. Anne has had a long-time concern for people and humanitarian issues. She attained a degree in Social Studies from University College Cork, Ireland and has enjoyed a successful business career both in Ireland and Turkey where she spent the past 14 years in Izmir as CEO of a construction company.

Anne set up TIAFI in 2016, in response to the difficulties experienced by the vast number of refugees fleeing from war-torn Syria who require physical and social support in a safe and welcoming environment.

Anne also holds a Diploma in Executive and Life Coaching from Marino Institute of Education, Dublin, Ireland.

Anwar Abdullah, Info-point

Anwar has a background in humanitarian response and information support to the Syrian community in Turkey. Anwar has worked with Mercy Corps in Turkey since the beginning of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2016. He provided information and counselling to beneficiaries on how to access health, education and legal services. Whilst with Mercy Corps, Anwar received training on women and child protection together with community worker protection and communication training. He worked with other NGO providers on a cross organisation approach to agree templates and to develop ‘best practice’ solutions. Anwar holds a technical diploma in Hotel Administration from the Aleppo Institute, Syria. He speaks Kurdish, Arabic, Turkish and English.

Mohammad Alsairavan – Consultant Physiotherapist

Mohammad plans and oversees the activities within our Exercise and Flexibility Programme. We provide soft play structures which enable the children who have physical challenges to stretch and strengthen their bodies in a safe environment. Mohammed graduated with a BA in Physical Therapy (4 years) from Al-Baath University, Homms, Syria. Since then he has practised extensively as a physiotherapist in both Syria and Turkey. He furthered his studies in Turkey and achieved a Masters Certificate from Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir in 2016. Mohammed speaks Arabic, English and Turkish and also works as a Translator for TIAFI. His work is invaluable to TIAFI.

Malik Elsalih Consultant Physiotherapist

Malik was awarded a BA in Physiotherapy from Al-Baath University, Homms, Syria. After completing his BA, he worked in Homs Maternity Hospital and at Keferlaha Hospital. Upon moving to Turkey, he joined the TIAFI team and now helps Mohammad with mobility activities.

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