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STATEMENT ABOUT RECENT DETENTIONS AGAINST JOURNALISTS

 

723625b4c6bf41bab538e2feb8ae0750-4463e5f007c74b8ba43f9cd0e2a9ac84-e52bcbeb03843331680f6a706700c9e2The Turkish-American community condemns detentions of Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of highest circulating newspaper in Turkey, Zaman daily, Hidayet Karaca, chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, and dozens of others, on phony charges, as a blatant breach of press freedom and rule of law.

Dumanlı and Karaca were detained along with more than 20 people in a nationwide operation early on Sunday, December 14, 2014. A list of suspects to be detained, released by İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, shows that a total of 32 people are to be detained.

The suspects are accused of "forming, leading or being a member of an armed terrorist organization," "forgery" and "slander," according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

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Raindrop Foundation is pleased to announce our participation in a blanket drive organized by Embrace Relief in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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It is an effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq for Turkey due to the erupting violence in Syria and Iraq. The effort is to help Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in need during the harsh winter months what will soon be upon them.

Last year, 18,000 blankets were collected and shipped to Turkey. Since 2013, the crisis in Syria has only grown worse with now more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. Refugee camps have outgrown their capacity and refugees are surviving on makeshift shelters in border cities. Now, with further unrest in the area, Iraqi refugees have started fleeing to Turkey causing the amount of people in dire need to multiply by the thousands on a regular basis.

The blanket drive will take place from November 1, 2014 through November 22, 2014. We ask for your support in our effort to provide warmth to these people in need.

Raindrop Foundation is participating in this aid program with monetary donation. Please consider that the cost of one blanket is $10.00 when you are making your monetary donation for this aid program.

You may go on to http://embracerelief.org/donations/ and find “Donate Blanket Drive for Syrian/Iraqi Refugees” button.

Please remember that every dollar donated counts. Your contributions will be used to provide a blanket and go towards the purchase of basic necessities required for caring for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey.

Raindrop Foundation is grateful for your donations and support for this humanitarian effort.

With kind regards,

 

 
Turkish Food Festival Helps the Needy of Arkansas

IMG 0920cropped smllWe are happy to announce that Raindrop Turkish House Little Rock Branch has donated a portion of the Turkish Food Festival proceedings to the Arkansas Food Bank. The Annual Turkish Food Festival took place on April 26, 2014, however, the tornado disaster in Central Arkansas has delayed the delivery of the donation. Many of volunteers were actively involved with disaster relief efforts; collecting debris, fundraising, and visiting the sites.

The development associate Ms. Rebecca Smithson, who is new at her position at the Food Bank, indicated that this donation will provide four thousand meals to the needy in Arkansas.

As responsible citizens of Arkansas we applaud the efforts of all aid organizations like the Foodbank, and look forward to assist all of them in any way we can. Of the total proceedings almost $2,000 was spent for the disaster relief and the Arkansas Food Bank received $1,000 on May 21, 2014.

Meanwhile, the tornado aid campaign is still going on. You can click here to donate for the Tornado victims and other campaigns that Raindrop Turkish House and its volunteers contribute.

 
Donate for SOMA!

soma-70F1-6B1F-1312On Tuesday, May 13th a mining disaster claimed the lives of nearly 300 miners in Soma near western Turkey. According to reports the death toll seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The disaster was caused by a fire in the mine. Efforts were made to save the victims, however only around 100 have been rescued.The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history. It is not just those who lost relatives and loved ones in the worst mining tragedy that Turkey has ever faced who are suffering; the whole country is mourning the deaths of the 300 mine workers killed in the disaster. On behalf of Raindrop Foundation we would like to convey our condolences to the friends and relatives of the miners and our deepest sympathies to the families. Now it is time to help the rescued miners and the families of the victims. Raindrop Foundation in collaboration with Embrace Relief has started a campaign for the people of Soma who are affected by the mining disaster. Please click the Donate button below to make an online donation or mail your checks, made payable to Embrace Relief, to 545 Interstate Pl. Carlstadt, NJ 07072

 

DONATE TO SOMA

 
Tornado hit area needs your help!!

Everybody chips in!!

It could have been us, please remember the victims:

As responsible citizens of Arkansas, Raindrop Turkish House-Little Rock branch has initiated a help campaign, in cooperation with Embrace Relief organization, for our fellow neighbors in Vilonia and Mayflower. You can use Paypal or your credit card. In order to reach the donations webpage please click here.
We have contacted local authorities and donations collected will be given to authorized people in the area. May 2, 2014

Raindrop Turkish House and its volunteers are in action:

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