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Iftar dinner for the Turkish American Community

turk iftar 10Raindrop Foundation hosted an iftar dinner for the Turkish American Community in Houston on Friday, June 17th at the Marriott Hotel. The intention of gathering at the event was to unite the Turkish American public pursuing the theme of “ Gelin Birlik Olalim”. The program started with the choir singing of U.S. national anthem and national anthem of Turkey. The choir named as “Houston’s roses” is consisted of Turkish American elementary school children who attend the kids club at Raindrop Youth development center. After the raindrop foundation’s introduction movie, Ruhi Ozgel, chairman of Raindrop Foundation board welcomed the guests with welcoming remarks.

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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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RAWA-Houston Panel Discussion and Networking Event

paneldiscussion may12 bannerRaindrop Women's Association, UNICEF USA and United Against Human Trafficking partnered to organize this panel discussion which will focus on issues regarding modern-day slavery, such as direct victim services, community response efforts, policy and advocacy, law enforcement and the legal landscape. We hope that it will help our community to better understand the nature and scope of the problem in our region.

This event is also a networking event for professionals from every walk of life in the area. The program starts with an open buffet dinner. There will also a number of organizations at vendor booths to advertise their programs and services.

Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:30pm

Register Here

 

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Houston Needs Your Help! Historic Flooding in Houston!

Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 5.40.53 PMGreater Houston Metro Area Flooding Relief Campaign

It is time to show our solidarity with our fellow Houstonians: Embrace Relief is launching a relief campaign to help victims and families affected by historic flooding in Houston Metro area.

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2016 HCC-ASPIRE Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 4th 2016 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

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Raindrop Turkish House is a proud partner organization of HCC-ASPIRE. 2016 HCC-ASPIRE Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 4th 2016 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at The Junior League of Houston. The event will honor and recognize Houston’s multi-cultural diversity and international students enrolling at HCC.

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General Invitation for Nowruz Festival '16

PosterGeneral Inviation,

On behalf of Raindrop Turkish House, I would like to invite you to our signature event, Annual Nowruz Spring Festival on Saturday March 19-20, 2016 from 11:00 am. To 9:00 pm. at Turquoise Center in Houston Texas. The festival gives Turkic Countries (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan) the opportunity to showcase their singing and dancing talents in various performances while representing their own country. The countries will be showcasing their singing and dancing talent in their native language and culture at this first class Nowruz Spring Festival.

You and your guest will enjoy the live international music, dance and choreography performances in a warm and peaceful environment.

 

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Our thoughts are with the victims of ‪#‎ankara‬ terror attack.

 

ankara saldiriDear Friends,
I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to all affected by the brutal terrorist attack that claimed 28 innocent lives and injured 61 others in Ankara, our nations capital. This cruel attack targeted the military service personnel of Turkey and left the nation mourning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this tragedy while we wish a speedy recovery to all who were injured.

I strongly condemn all acts of terror. Regardless of where an attack occurs, any form of terrorist activity is a damage to peace and harmony of universal humanity. This heinous act of terrorism is not only an attack against Turkey, but an attack against all human values and unity.

Mehmet Okumus
President
 
The Finest Women Social

 MG 5829It was such a great synergy in the room created by around 90 women from all over the world. Making new  connections and catch up with old friends. Raindrop Women’s Association ,Houston Istanbul Sister Cicy Association and Institute of Spiritual and Health organized the Houston Ladies’ Coffee night for the season. 

Alice Helbings was our mc at the event. RaWA class coordinator Medine Zorluer gave a brief introduction about Raindrop Turkish House and Raindrop Women's Association. After her speech, Birnur Guven, the board member at Houston Istanbul Sister Cities Association, introduced their programs to the audience.

Susana McCollom was the keynote speaker. Her speech about the impact of kindness and connection was inspiring and refreshing. She shared many quotes from random people who  participated a research about the topic. There were also quotes from ted talks. She mentioned many subtopics such as kindness is contiguous and most of the times inherited, perfection, hiding problem, sincerity and more. We are very thankful Susana for sharing these findings with us.

 

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