Cook together for TIAFI day centre
TIAFI,(Tiafi stands for Turkish and International Assistence for Integration. They are based in Izmir and help Syrian women & kids without means build up their lives again)
Izmir counts nearly 200.000 refugees in and around the city.
Cees and I stayed here to volunteer and helped in the kitchen and we where impressed by the work the centre is doing if only more centre's like this could be started it will make a DIFFERENCE.
Abdul, one of there Syrian volunteers, said: "If you want to help, you have to change lives. You can donate food, but it is so much more effective to teach a language and create jobs." And that is exactly what they are doing at Tiafi. They empower women (widows) so that they are able to make a decent living for their kids. It is all about their future. Follow all there news:
(If you send a donation you will also be entered in our monthly draw to win a weekend away full board in our glamping cabin with hottub at Slieve aughty centre.)
In Februarie, we (Esther and Cees) saw Anne O’Rourke’s RTE interview and decided we want to raise money for Anne O’Rourke, also from Ireland, she is working tirelessly on the ground in Turkey in Izmir.
Many young women have lost their husbands and families during war, or in their flight from the conflict and they now find themselves living alone with their children as single-parent mothers in the Aegean city of Izmir with very little support. At present the vast majority of these women have very little opportunity to securely establish themselves and develop a livelihood and we want to help to change this.
Refugee women in Izmir are generally living in rudimentary and often dangerous conditions at extortionate prices. By establishing a safe space for these vulnerable women and their children in the heart of Buca we will enable them to preserve their dignity and develop a secure livelyhood.
Tiafi Day Centre, is a former shoe factory, in a residential area where a lot of refugees and Turks live. With 20 local volunteers united in the NGO "hand to hand" and Dutch Volunteers United in lemon foundation
and your and our donation , including quite a number of refugees, this old factory is transfomed into a market place, a place for independent information, a kitchen and tea room, a (2nd hand) clothing store, a sewing shop where they make beautiful bags, child care, a classroom , a fisiotherapeut room and a safe place for women and kids.
I got in touch with Anne O'Rourke in February 2017 and offered to fundraise and volunteer. I plan to raise €10,000 to support this project .
Thank you for your support!
And we will keep you updated.
Esther, Cees and Slieve aughty team.
'If you live in abundance make your table bigger, not your fence higher”
The stories we heard, the children we met and there mothers I am convinced that this is a very good project but it needs more money to survive .
I will commit and will be a sponser to this project and will go back to support in any way I can.
You can help too:on the website www.tiafi.org you find all info of to go volunteering or if you want to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org I can give you all info.
We have some busy days with late nights but good time. It is a very good project and everything is what I expected. Except the shocking difference of really rich and so poor. brrr Anne is an amazing woman and the whole team of Syrian and Turkish people are very nice.
In the evening we stay in a flat in the richer part of Turkey and we hear lots of stories and get a lot of info about the political problems and it is so complicated to work here and set up a charity.
Tiafi is in a very poor area dirty, smelly, ugly and above on the hills near here is the Syrian ghetto where people live in shocking conditions. A lot of crime, prostitution etc. The women who work here making the bags all have incredible stories and get really good help. Their children get looked after and fed and get Turkish lessons. Their stories are incredible: 1 woman is here alone, 28 years of age, losing 3 children, parents, husband, siblings etc. She has 1 six-year-old girl in a wheelchair and 2 smaller ones. Anne tells me nobody smiled or talked in the beginning but now they laugh and smile they get all therapy and there is a physiotherapist here to work with people also many come from the outside.
I have been busy buying food in big bags and containers to store it in as they were buying every day small bags in the supermarket so this makes a big change in price and will last longer. We bought shelving, lots more plates and bowls etc and Cees is busy hanging them up today. Yesterday I cooked for a camp where they go to bring clothes and food every week and play and teach the children.
Now it is how and what can they do more to give the women and more people a job? There is lots of space for small workshops.
Thank you for all the donations and good wishes . Monday 30th we have a fundraising day here at slieve Aughty Centre lots of activities and with a nice meal on big long tables in the evening . I have help from 2 Syrian cooks that day very exciting !! updates will follow .