TIAFI Info Point offers one-to-one support to all refugees who seek help. The Info Point is world famous is Turkey and the phone is non-stop ringing! We assist with understanding the Turkish asylum system, the education system, available health care services and social services. Pro-bono lawyers come by once a week to provide legal help. You can visit the Info Point during weekdays between 12:00 pm and 5:30 pm, or WhatsApp or call the help line: 0537 868 22 64. Since many Syrian refugees do not speak Turkish, the Info Point has an Arabic Facebook page – with posts reaching over 50.000 views – to help Syrians navigate Turkish society.
Play a Day
TIAFI offers a Play a Day service to children aged 4 to 6 years old. Here they play, draw, sing, learn how to be with other children in a group and enjoy warm healthy lunches. Meanwhile, their mothers can go to work. Many refugee and Turkish women need to work to support themselves and their families, but a shortage of affordable daycare facilities restricts their chances of finding employment. The Play a Day service, which is free and includes transport if needed, offers a solution. One that fills the community center with laughter!
Every day, refugee women voluntarily cook free lunches for everyone in the Tepecik neighbourhood who can use a hearty meal. As such, they not only become part of the community but also lend 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 afford clothes. Against a really small amount they can buy items (new or second hand) from our shop. The collected money helps TIAFI to meet expenses such as ingredients for daily meals, child care materials etc. Items from the charity shop are given away for free to those who do not have any Lira to spend.
In our sports room we provide physical exercise support for children, including children with physical disabilities (often as a result of war), conducted by a qualified trainer. Here the children can develop their motor skills, make new friends, learn about fair play and be (more) comfortable in their bodies. Also, we organise yoga sessions for children and women.
In the workshop Syrian women learn skills such as sewing, jewellery making and leather crafts. This not only helps them entering the labour market but is also a space for creativity, resulting into a series of beautiful leather, suede, upcycled canvas and hippie bags. Would you like to know more about the bags? Do e-mail us at email@example.com. On our Facebookpage and Instagram we also present them now and then.
Turkish Speaking Club for youth and women
Through our Turkish speaking club we aim to improve the Turkish of Syrian women and children.
The ABC Service provides additional support to Syrian and Turkish children in their school duties such as homework, exams, and projects. Also, we help children who do not go to a regular Turkish school yet with their admission and enrollment.