Defying Bullying on the Soccer Field


Everyone, meet Shams. 

Shams welcoming us to his home and sharing his story over tea. 

Shams welcoming us to his home and sharing his story over tea. 

With everything going on today and the increase of anti-refugee rhetoric, it's easy to forget how this rhetoric negatively impacts refugee and immigrant youth. 

Shams is in 6th grade and has experienced bullying for years. 

He has been called "ISIS" (while not even knowing who they were), has had his family's apartment and car vandalized on several occasions and has had to move apartments and change school several times since they came to the US from Iraq in 2012 to get away from incessant bullying. Eventually, Shams even stopped playing outside. 

Shams says “a girl ran away from me once. When I asked why she said it’s because of her parents. They told her that Muslims hit girls, and she thought I was going to hurt her.”

Thankfully, Shams has a very loving and supporting family and a great friend named Ahmed who lives in the same complex. Ahmed, like Shams, has had similar experiences. Both Shams and Ahmed have supported each other and have found a place where they can feel safe and welcome - on the soccer field. 

Shams and Ahmed have been a part of Tiyya's Soccer Program ever since 2012. 

For many refugee youth, soccer is more than just a game; it is a chance for them to feel a sense of normalcy and inclusion in their new community. 

Shams will be playing alongside his friends he's made over the years he's been in Tiyya's Soccer Program at our Monster Cup on October 21st. Come support him and be part of our welcoming community <3


Backpacks for Refugees

Tiyya, Backpacks for Refugees

The Tiyya Foundation is hosting its annual backpack drive for refugee children in the community! Now through August 1st, we are collecting school supplies with a goal of at least 300 filled backpacks. But here's a new challenge:

1. Donate to the fundraiser by either shopping off this Amazon registry or shopping in-store. 

2. Film (or photograph) yourself donating, then post it on your social media platforms! 

3. Tag @tiyyafdn #backpacksforrefugees and nominate some of your friends to do the same! 

If you decide to shop in-store, please make sure to mail your donation to: Tiyya Foundation, 3012 Worthen Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90039 (delivery deadline: August 1st). 

We will be distributing filled backpacks to the children on August 12th. 

Thank you so much for your support. Hope you can spread the word! 

P.S. Here are graphics you can use to spread the word! 

Take two!

Tiyya, Refugee Supporters

Dear friends, 

Welcome to take two of Tiyya! We've been dreaming and scheming of a fresher look for our organization, and through the help of many wonderful individuals, we finally have a new image. In addition to the new website, we are now introducing merchandise and will slowly be rolling out many more products. 

But it does not end there! Please do sign up for our mailing list to hear what we're stirring up. We cannot wait to share with you: our supporters, volunteers, friends, families, and clients. Thank you for sticking around! 

The many volunteers to thank for this update: 

Stay tuned, 

Team Tiyya