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We are the only nonprofit organization in Orange County and Los Angeles that focuses on refugee youth, while helping the entire family …

Tiyya means my love in the Oromo language.  We are a nonprofit 501c3 organization founded by a former-Ethiopian-refugee mother, Owliya Dima, and her daughter Meymuna Hussein-Cattan who was born in a refugee camp in Somalia. Established in 2010, we are the only organization in Orange County and Los Angeles that focuses on refugee youth, while helping the entire family. By joining our community as a volunteer or donor, you will gain the opportunity of meaningful cross-cultural exchange on the soccer field or over dinner. 

The Tiyya Foundation has been recognized by various media outlets and has received numerous accolades from reputable sources such as: The LA Times, NBC Nightly News, Incline Magazine, Hello Giggles, Lonny Magazine, Saute Magazine, and more. We have been nominated as KCET Local Heroes, honored by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Eric Garcetti, and have received recognition as Peacemakers of Orange County.

This work is made possible by supporters like you who want to ensure that immigrants feel welcome.

Mustafa and his family's lives were threatened while in Afghanistan because of Mustafa's involvement with the US army. 

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Malia became a child bride at the age of 12. She is now a single, working mother of 6 who dreams of writing a book one day.

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Their family landed in Jordan after escaping Syria, where they faced endless hardships. They were granted refuge in America just last year.

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