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RAWA Book Club meeting - September

IMG 1127Raindrop Women’s Association book club held a discussion on “I am Malala :The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by  Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb  during  this month’s gathering .

There were participants from different  countries.  3 Pakistani ladies were great source of information for all questions in minds about what was going on there really.    
Why do extremists  target women most?  What is it like in Turkey?  Are we stereotyping? Why the Taliban is so threatened by the education of women? How will eastern and western cultures unite?  Many more highlighted questions and intense comments were discussed. The moderator of this month’s meeting was Zainib Ahmad and she lead the conversations very well.  
Group picked the next months’ moderator, Skipper McWilliams. It was hard to leave the room at the end of the evening  because of all conversations going on. 
RAWA Book club meets every 3rd Wednesday of each month. 6:30pm to 8:00pm.  So far the group have discussed:  “the Help” by Kathryn Stockett , “Pride and Prejudice”  by Jane Austin, “the Book Thief” by Markus Zusak, “ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou,  “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy and “I am Malala :The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” by  Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb  .
The book for October is  “Birds without Wings” by Louis de Bernieres .  You can share your thoughts about this book through Twitter  #rawabookclub. 
A Memorable Trip to Turkey with Austin ISD Global Studies Program

0C4198B6-95CF-4702-A7AB-6F78221DB70ARaindrop Foundation collaborated with the Austin ISD Global Studies Program in implementing a trip-to-Turkey educational and cultural exchange program between May 17 and 25, 2014. A total of 89 participants visited a variety of sites in Turkey’s three provinces, namely Istanbul, Bursa and Izmir. The group was comprised of mostly senior students in the AGS program and their teachers and chaperones from Raindrop Foundation.

Coffee Night with Margaret Perry

img 8727  1401908769 51701 1Raindrop Women's Association had an another memorable and fun Coffee Night before the summer break. It was also a meaningful night because all the profit was sent to tornado victims ın Arkansas.

After a very large and delicious dinner as always, the night began with Margaret Perry's, the director of the Armstrong Community Music School, speech. She talked about music education for all ages and surprised the audience with the real life examples of how early this education begins and how it effects our lives. She also talked about using music as a way of healing physically or mentally effected patients.
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



Raindrop’s Annual Festival


Donation to Safe place Shelter

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There numerous dishes from Turkish cuisine and handcrafts in Raindrop’s food and craft fair.  On the same day, Kuaybe Basturk, RAWA Event Coordinator, and Sueda Arslan, Event Comity Member, were on the KXAN TV morning show to advertise the event.

Visitors had a chance to taste delicious food from Turkish cuisine like Turkish dumpling, pastry, meat balls, gyro and kebabs. There were many different deserts as well.  Also vide variety of gift items were sold at craft booths.  Ebru (Marbling art) and calligraphy artists were invited to demonstrate their art works.

Children enjoyed most during the festival.  There were bounce houses, clown, balloons, pony ride, cotton candy, pop corn and face painting for them to entertain.

Turkish and American Raindrop volunteers worked together to make this event happen.   

%10 of proceeds was donated to Safe place shelter.


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