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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.

8th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad held at Hobby Center in Houston

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The 8th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad, organized by Raindrop Foundation, was held at Hobby Center in Houston on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  Over three thousand viewers enjoyed this festive atmosphere where students, parents, teachers and guests enjoyed live performances in different languages including English, Turkish, French and Spanish. The MC of the program was ABC 13’s Vice-President, Community of Community Affairs.

A message from Raindrop Foundation about "The aid campaign for Israel forest fire in 2010"

Statement from the President of Raindrop Foundation regarding the news on the media about our foundation and the past aid campaigns of Raindrop Helping Hands:

Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center is a foundation established based on the laws of the United States. One of its functions is aid campaigns organized through Raindrop Helping Hands. The mission of this institution is to extend a helping hand to disaster victims and the needy without regard to their religion, language, race or ethnicity. For this purpose, we organized aid campaigns for Haiti earthquake, Pakistan flood, Van earthquake, Japan tsunami, New Mexico and Texas forest fires, and Oklahoma and Mississippi flood disasters.

The aid campaign for Israel forest fire that was tweeted about and later appeared on the media was a campaign for helping with the reforestation efforts. The amount of $25,021.20 raised during the campaign was presented to the consul general of Israel at a program we hosted at our cultural center.

As Turkish-Americans, we will feel sensitive and sympathy for anyone in need regardless of their religion, language, race and ethnicity in the United States, a country promoting multiculturalism and dialogue and continue our aid efforts in the future.

Click Here to Read this Message in Turkish

Early Thanksgiving Dinner at Turkish American Community Center in Houston

IMG 0736Raindrop Foundation, Glenshire Community Association and Dialogue Institute Southwest organized Early Thanksgiving Dinner as being a part of citizenship month activities in Houston on Thursday November 21, 2013.The program started with welcoming remarks by the president of Raindrop Foundation, and followed by remarks from the president of Glenshire Community Association David Hughy. Jeremy Brown, from Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis’ office, presented certificate of recognition to Raindrop Foundation, Glenshire Community Association and Dialogue Institute of Southwest. Students from Indo-American, Chinese, and Turkish American Community shared their experience in America.

Citizenship Month is celebrated with a piano recital by Dr. Evren Kutlay at Turkish House.

IMG 0588Citizenship Month is celebrated with a lecture-piano recital by Dr. Evren Kutlay at Raindrop Turkish House in Houston on Friday November 8, 2013. The event is started with a reception at Rumi Lobby in Istanbul Conference Center. Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores welcomed the guests as the co-chair of citizenship month and the director of Center for Public Service & Family Strength.

Lecture-Piano Recital by Turkish Musician and Researcher Dr. Evren Kutlay.

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Raindrop Foundation is celebrating the many faces of Houston with Citizenship Month to Host Lecture-Piano Recital by Turkish Musician and researcher Professor Dr. Evren Kutlay.
European Music during Ottoman Era
Friday, November 8, 2013
7:30 pm.-8:00 pm.  Reception
8:00 pm.-9:30 pm.  Lecture-Recital
by Tuesday November 6, 2013.
Early Thanksgiving Dinner 2013

earlydinner2Early Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrating Many Faces of Houston “Together Around a Table” Neighborhood Gathering “Sharing Thanksgiving Memories” Dialog Institute of the Southwest  & Raindrop Foundation  Celebrate the many faces of Houston with Early Thanksgiving Dinner the citizenship month in Houston Thursday November 21, 2013 6:30 pm.-9:00pm.  R.S.V.P. at www.turkishhouse.org/rsvp/houstonthanksgivingdinner2013 by Monday November 18, 2013. 

Venue: Turkish American Community Center 9301 West Bellfort Ave. Houston, Texas 77031.


Farewell Reception for The Honorable Consul General of Turkey Cemalettin Aydin and Mrs. Burcu Aydin

farewell reception enes074Raindrop Foundation and Texas Turkish American Chamber of Commerce organized the Farewell Reception for The Honorable Consul General of Turkey Cemalettin Aydin and Mrs. Burcu Aydin  on Wednesday October 23, 2013 between 6:00 pm. and 7:30 pm. in Turkish American Community Center. The Emcee of the program is Tom Koch from ABC-13.

Health Fair 2013 held at Raindrop

20131019 111057In collaboration with U.S. Congressman Al Green and Community Health Choice, Raindrop Foundation organized Health Fair 2013 in Turkish American Community Center in Houston on Saturday October 19, 2013 between 10:00 am. and 1:00 pm. Representatives of community health centers were present to inform the public of their services. In addition to receiving valuable information, visitors also enjoyed free blood pressure check, dental examination, free flue shot for children.

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