Donate for SOMA!

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.

Great Meeting Abroad

IMG 2492April 23 National Children’s Holiday brought Turkish community together.Turkish people who live in Austin got together at a picnic on April 23rd. ATAA (Austin Turkish American Association) and Raindrop Turkish House organized picnic together. While children were having fun, parent had a chance to socialize. Sanver Ceylan, ATAA president, said , " unlike past two years , this year's meeting was more enthusiastic with the participation of all Turkish communities who live in Austin " and he added , " I would liketo  thank to everybody who contributed to this event. It was a team work. Preparations started months ago so the picnic was a great turn out with everyone's unconditional devotion. We enjoyed the food made by Turkish ladies and everybody was so glad that there was doner provided by Raindrop Turkish House".

2014 RAWA Cooking Class Reunion

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Raindrop Women's Association celebrated the end of the cooking classes of of this semester with a great reunion party.

All students, even from the first cooking class of the organization, were invited and the room was full of lovely faces who cooked, ate and shared so many recipes and ideas around a table together.

The night, of course, began with a delicious dinner with so many dishes from the rich Turkish cuisine. After the welcome speech, Diane Gomez, a student from the first cooking class of 2004 shared some of her memories. Then, Roberta Parillo was given her gift because of her performance and representing Austin at the Turkish Olympiad Cooking Contest in Houston this year by Gee Clark who was the last years' participant. Then all the guests had fun with the games and contests prepared for them.

'Silent Screams' Panel Discussion

IMG 3180Raindrop Women's Association Austin had another memorable Coffee Night this week. Because March has the International Women's Day in it, the night was titled as "Silent Screams" with a panel discussion about abuse against women.

Our three keynote speakers, Kim Andrews, founder and CEO of the Red Circle movement, Amy Allen, Community Organizer from Safe Place Shelter, and Linda Phan, Executive Director of Asian Family Support Services of Austin were asked several questions varying "What would be the definition of abuse?", "Why women don't leave when they are abused?", "What is the role of community in terms of helping the victims or preventing the abuse?" or "Is it possible to keep the children safe in an abusive environment?" by our moderator Roberta Parrillo from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and took turns to answer or comment on them. 

At the end of the panel discussion, the women in the room were also given a chance to ask their questions or comment on the issues discussed. It was an inspiring night with a story shared by a victim of abuse, so many ideas and thoughts from women with different cultural and religious background.

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.

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