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Support Our Community Centre

£3,275 of £5,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 6 months
We need your help to support our community centre for vulnerable women and children in Izmir, Turkey, a city which harbours nearly 200,000 refugees many of whom are fleeing war-torn countries in the region. 


This community centre established by Turkish and International Assistance for Integration (TIAFI) supports and empowers vulnerable women and their families in the city.


We provide free meals, language support, daycare, advice and offer work in our charity and textile shops, helping these vulnerable families get back on their feet. We also provide home visits and raise funds to cover medical costs, particularly for children.


Right now the community centre needs to raise funds to help keep the lights on. Can you help us keep our doors open?


A donation of just £10 will provide free meals for 30 people. A donation of £20 will provide a new school desk for the classroom. A donation of £50 will provide a displaced family with rent money for at least 15 days. A donation of £100 will help provide medical support for 1 child.


This is a safe and secure location for women and children of all nationalities to come and mingle, make friends, and receive much needed support.
All your donations will go directly to saving this vital community centre. To find out more about us see our website and follow us on Facebook.

Or if you are interested in purchasing one of our bags from the textile workshop - the funds all go to the community center - then you can email us at info@tiafi.org.

Mark Raven
Volunteer at TIAFI
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Duha is 11, she is from Aleppo:

“I went five years to school in Aleppo, but because of the war we had to go to Turkey. My older two brothers, 19 and 22, work in a factory and my oldest sister is married. I am the youngest in the family.”

“We have no other relatives here. No one of our family is here. I have summer holiday now and I do a lot of drawing and playing while my mum attends the Turkish language café at Tiafi."

"I prefer to go to school - I like school a lot. Turkish is my favourite subject.”

“I miss my friends in Syria. They are still there.”

“I want to become a doctor. I don’t know why, but I want to become a doctor.”
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“I have been in Turkey three years now” says Sait who is 24 from Damascus, Syria. “I was a third year student studying Electrical Engineering at Damascus University, but I had to leave. My friends were jailed and it became more and more dangerous to go to the university."

"My family and I were afraid for our lives - so we decided that I would go to Lebanon and from there to Turkey. I arrived in Mersin on my own where no-one spoke English, but somehow I managed to get to Adana and from there I caught a bus to Izmir where a friend of mine was staying.”

“The biggest challenge for me was to get into the university here. I wanted to keep on studying, but I had to learn more English before I was accepted. So that first year I not only improved my English, but also started to teach myself Turkish."

"Unfortunately my family couldn’t afford to pay the university tuition, the rent of my room and my other expenses anymore. My mum who was a teacher French and my dad who was an engineer lost both their jobs so I had to start working."

"First I worked long hours in a factory carrying boxes, later I got a job at an NGO that was subsequently closed and again I run out of money."

"Now I work at the information center of TIAFI, but I still dream of graduating, then getting my PHD and last but not least finding a job at an international company where I can work on innovation projects.”
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Every day our chef cook Khadieja cooks the best lunches for the kids at the day care, the women that are being trained in the sewing atelier, the women that visit our language café and some neighbours as well. The lunches are for free because of your donations.
Dolma Dolma Dolma...
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Nour, 28, works at TIAFI's advice centre was a fourth year student at the law faculty of the University of Damascus when a bomb destroyed the building she was in.

"They took me to the hospital to operate on my feet, but that went wrong and I got a fever that affected my nerve system and finally got me in a wheel chair. I weighed no more then 40 kilos. None of the doctors really know what is going on. I just slowly lost the power in my hands and feet. It has been a process of almost five years now and because of my condition my mother decided to bring us to Turkey, my brother and I."

"My mother hoped that we could get to Europe for my treatment. She is a mum you know? She is scared that one day she will be gone and no one will take care of me. So three times she carried me into a boat that would smuggle us to Greece. Three times the boats sank and three times the Turkish coast guards rescued us. They sometimes didn’t believe I couldn’t move and would leave me in the sinking boat, telling me to get the hell out."

"Two of my brothers are still in Damascus with my father. He couldn’t come with us. He has severe diabetes, heart problems and he had a stroke years ago. He cannot walk anymore. I miss him so much. I miss the streets and flats. I miss the smell of jasmine in the streets. Damascus is famous for its strong and sweet smelling jasmine. I miss the Syrian people who are so kind. You know, my father fled Palestine and I was born in Syria. Syria treated me as their daughter."

"Life now is so different and difficult. My mum had to carry me for seven months before I got a wheelchair. I was so lucky to meet Anne. She offered me a job at TIAFI and now I earn money to pay for the rent and electricity. I was hoping to work here for a few months before I getting my visa for Canada, but yesterday I heard it may take 18 months and then still I am not sure if I will get it."

"Even though I have a private sponsor in Canada. My dream is broken. I need a proper medical treatment. Who knows what will happen in these months."

"After my treatment I want to finish my law studies and work for United Nations. I want to help countries in their development. Till that time I will be at TIAFI. I will always be there for TIAFI. Even if I leave Turkey I will help them as a volunteer. TIAFI helped me and I will always return that favour."
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