- City and Country: Izmir, Turkey
- Website: www.tiafi.org
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Izmir has been a gateway for refugees attempting to cross to Europe. Approximately 120.000 migrants and refugees reside currently in the city, where they have been facing difficulties accessing medical care, education and employment. There are many women who have lost their husbands and families, and now find themselves living alone with their children.
TIAFI is an association from Izmir, working to empower and integrate women refugees and migrants, and their families. The association has a community center in one of Izmir’s central neighbourhoods where many refugees from Syria have settled. Within the community center, there is a counselling service which provides individual assistance for medical, legal and educational services.
To provide employment support, the association also has a training center where women can learn basic vocational skills that can enable them to access employment, for instance in textile industries. Besides, TIAFI runs literacy courses in Turkish, and provide meals for up to a hundred people on a daily basis.