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Raindrop Helping Hands have initiated a relief effort for the victims of Waco trage

2waco041813Dear Friends,
We are deeply saddened that the town of West, Texas, a small town just outside of Waco, was devastated by an explosion at a fertilizer plant on April 17th. More than 160 people were injured as dozens of homes and buildings were destroyed. Residents are being evacuated because officials are worried that another tank at the facility might explode.
Our hearts and thoughts go to all of those who were affected by the explosion but people need more than that.

Condemnation for Boston Marathon Bombing

Boston-Marathon-explosion-chaos 151955As Turkish-Americans, We strongly condemn the cruel terrorist bomb blast which targeted the innocent people in Boston during the marathon. This terrorist attack did not hit only the people in Boston, but also all human-kind. Whatever the aim, terrorist attacks cannot be approved or tolerated.  Terrorism has no religion, race or nationality. That senseless act of violence obtained nothing more than the infliction of unbearable pain on victims and their families. We offer our deepest condolences and prayers for those affected by this senseless act of violence.

Culture Fest at Kinkaid School.

image-4Kinkaid School students presented many different cultures on April 10th.  Turkey booth attracted great attention. Booth was decorated by students Katie Wallis, Claudia Glickman and Alisha Dhanani. Students and parents watched Turkish water-marbling art with enthusiasm and tried to perform water-marbling. Also people enjoyed with Turkish food such as baklava, Turkish delight, kisir and dolma. They had fun while trying to roll grape leaves for dolma.

American Culture Presentation for the Turkish community
The Raindrop Turkish House has started classes on American Culture for the Turkish community. So far, a wide range of topics including American History, American Literature, Religions in America, American Media, American Sports, Music and Cinema in America, Etiquette and Table Manners have been covered.
The classes has been going on every Thursday at 6:45 p.m., free and open to public. Please contact to the Raindrop Turkish House for more details.
Turkey Trip Meeting with YES and KIPP

imageOn April 15th, students and parents from YES and KIPP joined to the presentation about useful tips for Turkey trip. Professor Mehmet Kanik gave very enjoyable PowerPoint presentation and informed everyone about cultural differences. He also taught some basic Turkish phrases that is used in greeting. People had a great time.

7th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad held at Arena Theater in Houston

turkisholympiad20131_42The 7th Annual Turkish Language Olympiad, organized by Raindrop Foundation, was held at Arena Theater in Houston on Sunday, March 24, 2013.  Over a thousand viewers enjoyed this festive atmosphere where students, parents, teachers and guests enjoyed live performances in different languages including English, Turkish and Spanish. The MC of the program was ABC 13’s Miya Shay together with two students, Anthony Beltran and Phillip Munoz who made announcements in Turkish.

Kid's Guitar Class in Raindrop Houston
We  started Guitar courses in this Saturday, 1/09/13 . There is beginner level Guitar classes at Raindrop Turkish House on Saturday. Course will take 15 weeks. You can register the class by sending your interest to join our Guitar classes This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This semester's tuition fee is $10 per class to cover material and Teacher costs.
Raindrop Women Association Houston branch volunteers bring a special Turkish Cuisine Class to Houston Women Shelter.

P1070358They prepare 4 different dishes together and served the yummy meal as lunch. Women Shelter provides a safe living environment, health and legal services, counseling and opportunities for healing to victims of sexual and domestic violence.

January 30th 2013 Raindrop volunteers visited women shelter and shared the universal joy of cooking together. Hot tomato soup, Dalyan Kofte as a main dish along with white rice pilaf and special Turkish desert baklava cooked and served. Around 20 adults and 30 kids tasted this delicious lunch.

Raindrop Turkish House Women Association celebrated Valentines’ Day with a very entertaining program on Feb.9th, Saturday at Raindrop Houston.
P1070488Valentines  Day Celebration,
Raindrop Turkish House Women Association celebrated Valentines’ Day with a very entertaining program on Feb.9th, Saturday at Raindrop Houston.
After a delicious brunch served  the program started with a presentation about Raindrop Women Association’s activities such as Helping Hands, Cooking Class, Coffee Night, Ebru Class, English Class, Turkish Class and Seminars. The participants enjoyed the live cooking show and had fun watching the cooking competition on making a cookie among some volunteers.
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