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2015 Early Thanksgiving Dinner

ETD2015Raindrop Foundation hosted the annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday November 19, 2015. The program was also a celebration of Citizenship Month for Houston. The motto of the night was “Many Faces of Houston Together Around a Table.”

The dinner was coordinated with the Glenshire Community Association, Brays Oaks Management District, Dialog Institute of the Southwest, Citizenship Month Committee, Raindrop Women’s Association, Office of International Communities, Houston Food Bank, Embrace Relief Southwest USA and Super Neighborhood 36 community. Different from last years’ dinners, the program was also a fundraising for Houston Food Bank. 8 bins of food items and proceedings are presented to Brain Green, president & CEO of Houston Food Bank. With more than 300 guests in attendance, the atmosphere of the event was vibrant and diverse.

Citizenship Month Poetry Night


poetry night 56Citizenship Month Poetry Night has started with reception. Poetry lovers enjoyed light refreshments and socialized.

Susana McCollom was the master of ceremony of the evening. She is the Director, Ethnography& Workplace Chaplaincy at Institute for Spirituality and Health. Filiz Camuz, the executive director of Raindrop Women’s Association, welcomed guests and gave brief introduction of Raindrop Turkish House. Mahmut Gok, the executive director of Embrace Relief SW, talked about the current campaigns of Embrace Relief Foundation.

After the speeches, Usha Akella recited her poems from her last book. Her forth book, The Rosary of Latitude, has published recently. Her poems were very intense so the audience stand up and applauded her after she finished the first part of the reading. Mustafa Berktug’s music performance with ney flute carried the audience to another dimension. The last part of the program was the duet of Usha’s amazing poems and Mustafa’s authentic music. That was a big hit.

At the end of the program, Hatice Avsar, a polymer clay artist, presented Usha a custom made necklace. Usha signed her books and talked to poetry lovers after the program.




Raindrop Foundation strongly condemn terror attacks in France.


Dear Friends,
On behalf of Turkish American Community and Raindrop Turkish House, I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the families, relatives and friends affected by the deadly shootings and bombings in Paris and Saint-Denis that killed at least 153 people and left many others injured.

I strongly condemned this horrific terror attack.

I am against all kinds of extremism!

Citizenship Month Poetry Night & Live Music

1905 usha akella iiJoin us for an evening full of poetry and live ney flute performance.
Take a break from your busy life and listen to your soul.
Usha Akella will be reciting her poems. Everyone in your family, men and women, are welcome to this program.

Nov 6, Friday
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please RSVP here.



Early Thanksgiving Dinner

THANKSGIVING 2015 posterRegister Here for Early Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkish Cooking Class at HEB Central Market

cm4We have held a Turkish  cooking class at HEB Central Market. Our food experts, Sibel and Hande, thought delicious dishes from Turkish cuisine. There was 13 participants. They prepared cigarette borek from scratch. They also cooked baklava, beef stew over roasted eggplant , rice and a mushroom side dish. After class, participants enjoyed the food that they cooked.



Health Fair 2015 is on the corner!

healthfair20152015 Raindrop Health Fair! Come and Join us for free health screening! The Raindrop Foundation, in collaboration with US Congressman Al Green's office and Community Health Choice, would like to cordially invite you to our 2015 Annual Health Fair.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 10am - 1pm

Information & Screening Services This is a wonderful opportunity for you to obtain critical information regarding up-to-date health facts and tips.

Free Screenings to include:Blood Pressure Check HIV screening Glucose check Eye care for kids

Free Health Resources to include: Dental Information MD Anderson Cancer center Community Assistance Program

Free flu shots to first 150

Application Assistance to include: Medicaid and chip Renewal and Certification Help (Please bring a copy of your current check stub, your child's birth certificate, and social security card)

ECHOS Fire Truck Information from Bilingual Speech

Back pack and Bike give away!

National Night Out 2015 at Raindrop Foundation Houston

20151006 191316National Night Out is celebrated throughout America as an annual “Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party". Raindrop decided to honor the night with a special event held at Raindrop Foundation's headquarters on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The Turkish community and neighbors in the area showed their support by participating to make the evening a success.  Raindrop volunteers prepared and served a delicious variety of barbecue, salads and desserts to visitors. Children had the opportunity to see the inside of a police car; and spent their time gleefully pretending to be officers of the law. The officers gave all the children police batches and stickers. They also provided brochures to the adults in attendance about crime prevention and child safety.

Sgt. Angelita Delarosa from Harris County's Constable Precinct 7 made a short speech reflecting the importance of the night and community partnerships. Following Sgt. Delarosa's speech, police officers and children huddled together to take a picture together in front of the stage.

The evening was a unique example on how to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. One that has inspired many families in the community to stand up and take a stand against crime.

Turkish Cuisine @ HEB Central Market! TURKISH INDULGENCE

CentralMarketLogo t750x550Hands On. Come on a journey to some of Turkey's most indulgent dinners.  Tonight we join forces with The Raindrop Foundation as they send two food experts to help you explore some exciting Turkish dishes, from creating a lamb dish that includes a Bechamel Sauce and Eggplant, to an ever so easy Baklava.  Tonight you will learn:

Cigarette Borek (Feta Cheese stuffed Turkish or Phyllo Dough Rolls)

Mantar Sote (Sautéed Mushroom with Garlic Yogurt Sauce)

Hunkar Begendi (Sultan's Delight: A Lamb dish with Béchamel and Eggplant);

Pilav (Rice Pilaf); and


INSTRUCTOR: Sibel Bayhan & Hande Bulut, Food Experts from The Raindrop Foundation

Register from: https://centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/ProgramDetail.aspx/RAINDROPTURKISHHOUSE



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