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Early Thanksgiving Dinner

tgIn honor of observing the Citizenship Month for Houston, The Raindrop Foundation, in collaboration with Bays Oaks Management District, Raindrop Women's Association, Dialogue Institute of Southwest and Embrace Relief-Houston  would like to cordially invite you to an Early Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 17th, 2016 from 6:30 pm. until 9:00 pm.

Early Thanksgiving dinner with the neighbors and local communities to celebrate the Citizenship Month, which is a celebration of Houston’s civic diversity and the celebration of the contribution of all people who call Houston home. Thanksgiving creates a great opportunity to host an event that celebrates many faces of Houston. Neighbors of the Raindrop Foundation and local communities will gather around Thanksgiving tables and share and appreciate the diversity of our city. They will share their memories in a warm and friendly gathering. Around 300 guests will enjoy the food along with traditional Turkish music and engage in friendly conversations. It will create the atmosphere for appreciation of our diversity and living together.

Being aware of the food insecure families, Embrace Relief-Houston will launch a food drive in October as part of the event and donations will be presented to Houston Food Bank during the dinner on November 17,2016. Thanksgiving also creates the opportunity to raise awareness for the people in need. Contributions in the form of non-perishable food and funds can be made at Turkish-American Community Center located at 9301 West Bellfort Ave. Houston, Texas 77031.

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All proceeds will go to Embrace Relief-Houston"s “Embrace the Turkish Newcomers” Campaign.

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Raindrop Social Let's Talk

14390937 331929587155608 1364345960927239758 nRaindrop Social Let's Talk was held at Turquoise Center last Thursday. A group of open minded people speaking from the heart came together to talk about forgiveness.No one was there to fix one another, or to prove a point, but to share our experiences in a meaningful conversation. The evening as a whole was a great experience for everyone in this room.

We were inspired to see the many aspects of forgiveness being discussed with such awareness and thoughtfulness. At the end of the conversation, table hosts at each table summarized their discussion for everyone. We found out that every table spontaneously investigated a different aspect of the topic.

Thank you to all who joined us. We look forward to seeing you at our next Raindrop Social Let's Talk event.

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A prayer vigil and press conference in Houston for Standing Against Terrorism/Commemoration for the Victims of terrorist attack in Istanbul Turkey

ISTANBULATTACK 28Raindrop Turkish House held a prayer vigil and press conference in Houston for Standing Against Terrorism/Commemoration for the Victims of terrorist attack in Istanbul Turkey.  Many dignitaries, community members and media have came to support Turkish American community and to share their grieve after the tragic and heartbreaking incident on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 in Istanbul Turkey.

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RAWA Panel Discussion and Networking Event- Human Trafficking

fcRaindrop Women’s Association has partnered with UNICEF USA and United Against Human Trafficking to hold a panel discussion on May 12th. It was about Human trafficking in Houston and beyond. The professionals who work local and international to heal this problem have discussed a broad range of topics.

As the program MC, Pamela Greenwood, Media/Public Relations Director at Harris County Precinct 7, welcomed guests and opened the program. Honorable Teta banks gave an introductory speech for the discussion topic. In her speech, Teta mentioned many facts and aspects of human trafficking. After Filiz Camuz’s (Executive Director of Raindrop Women’s Association) welcome speech, the discussion has started.

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Standing Against Terrorism/Commemoration for the Victims of terrorist attack in Istanbul Turkey

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Message from American Turkish Community in Houston:

Dear Community/Faith Leaders and Members/Civic Leaders, City and State Officials,

We, as the American Turkish community, invite you to join us, members and other leaders from our community, to a Prayer Vigil and Press Conference on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 11:00 am to recognize and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives in this tragic and heartbreaking incident on Tuesday June 28, 2016 in Istanbul Turkey. It is time to show our solidarity.

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Statement by Alliance for Shared Values on Developments in Turkey

160715172615-turkey-choas-july-15-large-169News media reported about developments in Turkey today regarding actions of Turkish Armed Forces.

For more than 40 years, Fethullah Gulen and Hizmet participants have advocated for, and demonstrated their commitment to, peace and democracy. We have consistently denounced military interventions in domestic politics. These are core values of Hizmet participants. We condemn any military intervention in domestic politics of Turkey.

Events on the ground are moving quickly and it would be irresponsible for us to speculate on them. We remain concerned about the safety and security of Turkish citizens and those in Turkey right now.
Comments by pro-Erdogan circles about the movement are highly irresponsible.

About Alliance for Shared Values

The Alliance for Shared Values (AFSV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a voice for dialogue organizations affiliated with Hizmet, a civil society movement inspired by prominent preacher and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. Based in New York, the Alliance strives to promote peace and to eliminate prejudice and discrimination against any or all ethnic, cultural and religious communities. To learn more about the Alliance please visit www.afsv.org.

About Fethullah Gülen

Fethullah Gülen is an Islamic scholar, preacher and social advocate, whose decades‐long commitment to interfaith tolerance and altruism has inspired millions in Turkey and around the world. Gülen is the honorary chairman of the Rumi Forum, Washington, DC; the Intercultural Dialogue Platform, Brussels, Belgium; and the Foundation of Journalists and Writers, Istanbul, Turkey.

 
Raindrop Foundation Strongly Condemns Terror Attacks In Turkey

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We strongly condemn terrorist act in Turkey.Three suicide bombers strike Istanbul Ataturk airport. 36 killed and 80 wounded.Our prayers with the victims of this horrific attack and their families and friends. 

Police reportedly believe Isil was behind attack. Officers shot at suspects in international arrivals hall. Fourth suicide bombing in Turkey this year.Third busiest airport in Europe, high security location. Istanbul-Ataturk airport is the third busiest European airport, with 61.8 million passengers in total in 2015.
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Annual Neighborhood Iftar dinner

neighborhood iftar 3Annual Neighborhood Iftar dinner was held at Raindrop Turkish House on June 18th, Saturday.  “Living together” was the theme of this year’s gathering.  An amazing diverse group includes 300 people from all over the world was there including US Congressman, Texas State Representative, Gene Wu, Al Green city Houston Council member, Mike Laster, and Fortbend ISD Board member KP George.  

The programs started with welcome remark by Filiz Camuz, E.D. of  RAWA Houston  and Mahmut Gok, ED. of  Embrace  Relief  Foundation SW.  Keynote speech was given by Dr. Dogan Koc, Executive Director of Gulen Institute at University of Houston.   “Living together is an art of living together with your family, with your neighbors, with people in your city, nation and finally living together with the whole world in a harmony and peace” said Dr. Koc in speech.  

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Raindrop Foundation Houston hosted Annual Friendship and engagement iftar dinner with local government officials

local goverment 8The Annual Friendship and Engagement Iftar Dinner  for local government officials, peace officers, other public servants and their families has held on Wednesday, 8th of June 2016 at the Turquoise Center. 

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