We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and the damage because of the Hurricane Sandy at the US East Coast. Hurricane Sandy that is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record is a tropical cyclone that severely affected Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern United States on October 29, 2012.The cyclone brought a destructive storm surge to US East Coast , flooding numerous streets, tunnels and subway and cutting off, especially Zone A areas near waterways which were issued evacuation orders. Severe damage occurred in New Jersey, especially in the communities along the Jersey Shore. According to the records, hurricane-force winded as high as 90 miles per hour (145 kph).
On Sunday, October 23, 2011 a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit the eastern part of Turkey. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the province of Van, impacting the provincial capital Van, and nearby towns. The biggest impact was in Ercis a town with a population of around 75 thousand.
Right after the earthquake happened, the initial news was that it only impacted a few dozen buildings. However, as time passed, we learnt that the reality was far more disastrous than that. In fact, as of Thursday, October twenty seven, 576 people were killed, 2.608 people were injured, and 187 people are rescued.
At 1:41 p.m. (5:41 a.m. CT) on Sunday, October 23, a quake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit Van province of Turkey near the border of Iran.
According to TRT, state-run network, 59 people were killed and 150 were injured in Ercis. 25 people were also killed in provincial capital also named Van. One other person was reported dead in Bitlis. However, officials fear that 1000 people may have been killed by the earthquake. We have received many calls and emails from the community expressing sympathy. We are very saddened by this disaster and extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May God comfort them at this difficult time.
Pakistan is battling monsoon rains that have affected 5 million people and killed 300, a toll that is likely to rise with fresh downpours forecast for the coming days. Reports are that, the floods are bigger than last year's calamity that affected 20 million Pakistanis, left 2,000 dead and inundated one-fifth of the country. They have devastated communities in some of the most poverty-stricken districts.Please click the following links to see the news coverage from BBC:
Six of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in 2011 Fires in Texas in 2011: 19,556 Fires nationally in 2011: 56,485. Proportion of total national fires in 2011 that have occurred in Texas: 34.6 percent Acres burned in Texas in 2011: 3,669,800. Acres burned nationally in 2011: 7,307,899 Proportion of total national acres that have burned in Texas: 50.2 percent
Raindrop Helping Hands is happy to announce that your kind donations reached Africa to give those people suffering from drought and starvation a break. During the campaign, $129,327.83 was raised with your kind and generous donations. We thank you for your donations. Raindrop Helping Hands volunteer, Yusuf went to Africa to deliver your donations to Somalian refugees on the border of Somalia and Kenya. He used about 48 thousand dollars of the raised amount to provide the people with food.
Raindrop helping hands decided to deliver all your donations to the needy people in Africa. One representative will get all your donations to the needy people in Africa. Since the need is emergency, Foundation decided to send a representative.
The campaign will be over on Sunday August 21, 2011. We thank each of you for your help and support for this campaign.
Ethiopian and Somalian children are dying from starvation and Raindrop Helping Hands invites you to support them.
African people have been displaced because of the drought. There are more than 400,000 Somalian refugees staying in the Dadaab Camp near Kenya and the number is increasing.
Recently, Adrian Edwards, the Official Representative of the UN stated that the Dadaab Camp is the world's largest refugee camp.
The only hope of survival is the food and water
at refugee camps which is given to one of every four refugees who left their hometown. According to the UN report, two million children are undernourished and in order for them to survive very urgent support is needed.
One of the most damaging tornado outbreak and floods in the past century have impacted a large area in the US causing loss of many lives and damaging homes and farm fields. As Turkish and Turkish-American community in US, we are saddened by tragedies caused by tornado outbreak and floods. We express our deepest condolences for the loss of lives. Our prayers go to the victims and their families and we hope that they find the strength and patience to go through these difficult times.
Raindrop Helping Hands and Houston-Istanbul Sister City Association launched a donation campaign for the massive Earthquake and Tsunami disaster that happened in Japan in March. The amount that was collected through the Helping Hands account was delivered to the Acting Consul-General of Japan Mr. Takahiko Watabe and the Treasurer of Japanese American Citizens League Mr. Howard Lindsey. The check, which had an amount of over $22.000, was presented by Mr. Mehmet Okumus, president of Raindrop Turkish House and Mr. Ruhi Ozgel, president of Houston-Istanbul Sister City Association. The ceremony was held in Seljuks room of Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Center.
Raindrop Helping Hands launched a donation campaign for the Forest Fire in Israel.The funds that collected through the Helping Hands account, delivered to the The Consul General of Israel Meir Shlomo. Mr. Shlomo had visited Istanbul Convention Center today. The Check which has the total amount of $25.000, presented him by the President of Raindrop Turkish House, Mehmet Okumus. Raindrop Turkish House would like to thank all the people who made their generous donations so that we can deliver it to its address. Thank you.
As a Turkish-Turkish American community, we express our deepest condolences to the Japanese people for the loss of lives. The biggest earthquake on record to hit Japan rocked the northeast coast on Friday, triggering a 10-meter tsunami that killed hundreds of people and swept away everything in its path, including houses, ships and cars. Our hearts and prays go to the families of the victims and we hope that they find the strength and the patience to go through this very difficult time.
Israel Needs Your Help: Forest Fire Devastates Northern Israel. We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives and the damage because of the forest fire in Israel. The fire lasted four days and is considered to be the worst in Israel’s history. At least 40 people were killed and dozen were injured as the deadliest forest fire in Israel’s history swept through the north of the country. The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “ This is a disaster of unprecedented proportions.”
Raindrop Helping Hands launches a campaign that focuses on all aspects of the reforestation efforts, clean-up, upgrading equipment, and replanting trees that were destroyed in the fires. Please send us your generous donation so that we can deliver it to those who are in need. Funds collected through the Helping Hands' account will be delivered to the authorized people in the U.S. or through our sister organizations located in Turkey.
You can make your donations by:
* Check (Please make your checks payable to: "Raindrop Helping Hands" and place the memo as forest fire in Israel. The check should be sent to 9301 West Belfort Houston, Texas 77031)
* Google Checkout (Please log on to website http://raindropturkevi.org/helpinghands.You can see the Donate Thru Google Checkout button on the left side of the website and choose forest fire in Israel to make donation.) We appreciate your kind donations and even a small contribution will help is pain of the fire.
Your generous contributions, a total of $5,000, for those affected by the earthquake in Indonesia in September 2009 have been delivered to the Honorable Kria Fahmi Pasaribu, the Consul General of Indonesia in Houston. Honorable Pasaribu expressed the sincere gratitude of Indonesian people to Raindrop Executives because of this help. We owe our greatest gratitude to everyone who donated to this campaign generously and once again our sympathy goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones. (January 28 , 2010, Houston, TX)
Helping Hands delivered cloth donations, gift cards, and Qurban donations to
needy people from Burma. Mr. Halil Temiz, assistant director of Raindrop
Turkish House went to Fort Wayne to deliver these donations to the newly
arrived families from Burma. He stated that these people were really in need,
and around 350 families received the donations. He also stated that these
people said this is the largest amount of donation that they have ever
received, and they were very thankful for these donations. Raindrop Helping
Hands will continue to organize different help campaigns to help the needy
people and would like to thank to people who make the donations. (November 25, 2009, Texas)
Raindrop Helping Hands helped
the needy refugee people from Somali on Sunday January 10, 2010. Three students
from Somali helped us to distribute the deliveries. The needy people thanked to
donors for this project. Raindrop Helping Hands will continue to help the needy
people through different programs. (January
10, 2010, Houston, Texas)
At a ceremony organized by Raindrop Helping Hands, Texans planted friendship trees at Texas-Antalya Friendship Commemorative Forest in Turkey
After last year’s forest fire in the province of Antalya, Raindrop Helping Hands started a donation campaign in Texas. Helping Hands found out that the Ottoman Sultan the Aldulhamid II sent 300 golden coins when he was informed that there was a devastating fire in the U.S. back in 1894 and shared this information with the locals in Texas. Helping Hands’ initiative met with very good reception, resulting in 2,000 tree donation in total.
Turkish-American Women Association (TAWA) in Dallas made a contribution to Raindrop Helping Hands's "Make A Child Smile" project.
A total of $667.00 of donation collected by the leadership of TAWA has been delivered to Children's Medical Center in Dallas for Oncology Division.
Executives from Oncology Divison at Children's Medical Center expressed their gratitude to TAWA and Raindrop Helping Hands and said that they have been delivering the best care possible to children from all over North Texas. (April 15, 2009, Dallas, TX)
Raindrop Helping Hands expresses its deepest condolences to the Pakistani people for the tragic loss of life and the devastation wrought by the earthquake on October 28. The earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 occured in the southwestern area of Pakistan and left 175 people dead and more than 10,000 people homeless. Our sympathy goes out to those families who have lost their loved ones. We stand by the victims and we support the government's good efforts to alleviate their sufferings and rebuild their livelihoods. (October 29, 2008, Houston, Texas)
Houstonians need water and ice more than anything now... Many people still is without electricity... Clean potable water and ice for cooling the food are the essential supplies now. Today, Harris County announced 17 POD's (point of distribution) where people can get water, ice and some canned food.
We, as Raindrop Helping Hands, were at one of the biggest POD's, Harvest Time Church. Thanks to your contributions, we extended our hands as Turkish-American community to those in need. We delivered to the authorities one full truck-load of water and canned food. Our volunteers came from College Station area, all the way down to help.
Catastrophes can always be overcome hand in hand, helping each other and together. (September 16, 2008, Houston, TX)