Tiyya Foundation


With a name derived from the Oromo word for “My Dear” or “My Love,” the Tiyya Foundation [Tiyya] is a grassroots 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing refugees of all backgrounds with the basic material, educational, and emotional support required to integrate into the communities of Orange County, California. Tiyya currently assists more than 575 refugees from 162 families, many of them escaping persecution in Central America, Burma, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Somalia. Tiyya uses a holistic approach to provide transitional assistance for families with the goal of empowering refugee youth to overcome the obstacles associated with social integration by building social support systems among refugee youth and working with parents to provide a healthy environment for their children. Since its establishment in 2010,Tiyya has made numerous impacts on the local refugee community in Orange County. Tiyya has garnered support from various organizations including the Dalai Lama Endowed Scholarship Program at UC Irvine, the Irvine Program in Public Health, the Center for Living Peace, and Chapman University,. These organizations aid in the awareness raising and service efforts for Tiyya clients. Tiyya has developed a significant reputation for its work and in June 2013, was awarded best practicum site from the UCI Program in Public Health for effectively utilizing interns to make a difference in Orange County. Tiyya has received media and press attention from the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register, as well as television programs on CBS, KCAL9 and NBC News for their local projects and programs in Orange County, CA. Using these outlets, the organization has successfully raised awareness of the material, social, and emotional challenges of resettlement for refugees.


505 N Tustin Ave, Ste 280
Santa Ana, CA 92705

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