Los Angeles resident Owliya Dima, a former immigrant herself, along with her daughter Meymuna are founders of the Tiyya Foundation. Their premise is that for the most part residents of American immigrant communities are often preoccupied with helping others overseas.
Having lived the experience of transitioning to American life Owliya and her family created the Orange County based nonprofit. The Tiyya Foundation helps not only provide basic necessities to refugees and displaced American families the organization also helps families with the transition to become active participants in society.
Services for clients include English as a second language coaching, homework tutoring, a community soccer program to help children with their transition and volunteers that help families navigate social and civic processes. The ultimate goal is to foster self-sufficiency.
Through a partnership with the University of California Irvine Tiyya provides college campus tours and field trips for Tiyya's youth. Basic necessities provided by the foundation include beds, refrigerators, hygiene products and cleaning supplies.
Services are available to all who are in need regardless of religion, nationality or political beliefs. Currently the majority of their clients are from Afghanistan, Burma, Eritrea, Iraq, Russia, Somalia and other conflict areas. They are currently serving around 400 clients.
In addition to financial and in-kind donations the Tiyya Foundation seeks out vocational and occupational training for adults. Companies providing training for immigrants within their first year here in the States are eligible to receive a tax benefit. For information on how you can get involved or to make a donation, visit www.tiyya.org.