Mississippi Tornado Victims Need Our Help!
mstornadosonWe are deeply saddened by the loss and the damage because of the Tornado in Southern Mississippi. Our hearts and thoughts go to all of those who were affected by the Tornado but people need more than that.

Federal Government has declared a major disaster in the State of Mississippi following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state.

Raindrop Helping Hands launches a campaign that focuses on all aspects of the relief efforts following Tornado pass through Southern counties of Mississippi. Please send us your generous donation. Funds collected through the Helping Hands' account will be delivered to the authorized people in the region.

You can make your donations by:

* Check: Please make your checks payable to: "Raindrop Helping Hands" and place the memo as "Mississippi Tornado". The check should be sent to 900 E. County Line Rd. Suite: 201A Ridgeland, MS-39157.
The House of Representatives of State of NM recognized the donation of Raindrop for Wild Fire in Lincoln County
Raindrop Certificate
Last year in June 2012, bone-dry conditions in New Mexico had produced two massive fires, one being the largest in the state's history. It has burned for weeks near the town of Ruidoso on the land of 43,000 acres and destroyed 242 homes and businesses. Right after the incident, Raindrop Helping Hands launched a campaign that focuses on all aspects of the reforestation efforts, clean-up, upgrading equipment, and replanting trees that were destroyed in the fires and donated $5000 to the Lincoln County to help repair damage caused by the Little Bear Fire.

On February 8, 2013 at Fifty-First Legislature and First Session, the House of Representatives of NM honored Raindrop with a certificate sponsored by Rep. Zachery J. Cook (Lincoln & Otero Counties) expressing the recognition of the House of Representatives to the Raindrop Foundation. At the session, Rep. Zachary Cook addressed to the House and said "The Raindrop Foundation has once again proven its dedication and friendship to the people of New Mexico". “Their support will help all those affected by the devastation of the fire, and their generosity will not be forgotten". The Executive Director of Raindrop Foundation, Necip Orhan gave some information about the foundation and said “as being a significant part of this community, we are very delighted to be able make a contribution to help repair the damage.” Following, he thanked to the House of Representatives for recognition of the donation. During the session, Raindrop was represented by Ahmet Tiryaki (a well-respected local businessman) and Necip Orhan (Executive Director).The certificate was presented them by the Speaker of the House.

(February 13, 2013. Albuquerque, NM)

"Nowruz Spring Festival" In Houston On Saturday, March 22, 23, 2013
newrozTurquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians cordially invites you to the "Nowruz Spring Festival" in Houston on Saturday, March 22, 23, 2013 from 10 am to 6 pm.
Admission Fee: Free
Parking Free

11:00 am to 4:00 pm Nowruz Celebrations
4:00 to 7:00 pm Reception with Live Music
Turquoise Cultural Center 9301 W. Bellfort Ave. Houston TX 77031
Ebru workshop at Bremond ISD
IMG_6586College Station/Bryan Raindrop Turkish House representatives organized an Ebru (Turkish paper-marbling) workshop at Bremond ISD for high school students on January 9th, 2013. It was such a great opportunity for the students to see this beautiful Turkish ancient art in their art class. The students first watched the demonstration and then they were able to try paper marbling in their own during the workshop time. The students really enjoyed doing this unique Turkish art. The Bremond ISD art teacher, Lisa L. Miller said “The High School students loved this Turkish Paper Marbling and in the next week they want to share this beautiful art with middle school students”. Ms. Miller also shared some students’ paper marblings on Artsonia online Art Gallery.

Luncheon Forum with Dr. Denise Trauth, President of Texas State University - San Marcos


Dr. Denise Trauth, President of Texas State University - San Marcos spoke on "Raising the Educational Profile of Texas" at the Luncheon Forum organized by Raindrop Turkish House Austin Chapter on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

President Trauth emphasized the need for higher education which she defined as any post-secondary education including certificate programs, community college, and university degrees for current generation to be relevant in tomorrow's work force. This is critical for the future of the State of Texas to be competitive in a world were a skilled workforce becomes ever more important.
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