Kansas City News
Raindrop Turkish House Hosted Dialog Organizations
round_table.jpgRaindrop Turkish House hosted a round table meeting organized by Interfaith Council. The purpose of the gathering was to improve relationship among the different dialog organizations in Kansas City area. The event started with a tour of the Raindrop Turkish House and continued with the breakfast prepared by Turkish Americans. During the meeting participants had a chance to introduce their organizations to one another and talked about their ongoing and upcoming events. (April 8, 2009 Lenexa, KS)
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A taste of Turkish Culture - Henna Night
henna_night.jpgIn any culture the rituals of marriage can bring tears of joy and sadness. With every welcoming gesture of being part of a new family, there is also a sad farewell to your own family and history. On March 26th a Turkish Bridal Party or Henna Night was sponsored by the Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center in Lenexa Kansas. Women of the Book experienced a Turkish tradition for celebrating the evening before the wedding. Handmade items were displayed. These gifts from the mother and mother-in-law are seen as examples of the domestic talents of each family. The bride enters the room veiled and sits in the middle of the gathering as a sad story is sung about a young woman who leaves her family to live with her husband.  (March 26, 2009 Lenexa, KS)
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Internet Safety and How to Protect Our Kids from Internet Dangers

internet_safety.jpgWe all know that the Internet is an excellent resource for our kids to learn and to play. But we also know that it can be a self indulgent use of their time, and an unsafe playground. Therefore, Raindrop Turkish House hosted a morning talk with Mike Daniels from Kansas City FBI Field office, the topic presented was Internet Safety and protecting our children on line. Program started at 10:00 a.m. with a traditional Turkish breakfast and followed with Raindrop Turkish House’s director Mr. Murat Tatli’s brief informative speech about Raindrop Turkish House. (April 4, 2009 Lenexa, KS)

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Raindrop Turkish House and IID have organized a Spiritual Night

spiritual_night.jpgSpiritual Night came out of the desire that as believers of One Creator how Jews, Christians and Muslims can come around a table and talk, share and discuss the common matters that the followers from all Abrahamic faiths believe in, in a most friendly environment without debating with one another but with loving and respecting each other. For this, Raindrop Foundation and Institute of Interfaith Dialog have organized a Spiritual Night.  (April 2, 2009 Lenexa, KS)

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Intercultural Trip to Turkey
tr_trip2.jpgThe Institute of Interfaith Dialog and Raindrop Turkish House in Greater Kansas City conducted an 11 day Turkey trip between June 5 and June 16, 2008. Some of the attendees were the Senator Jolie Justus, Kansas City, MO Prosecutor Beth Murano, Kansas City, MO City Council Women Melba Curls and Jackson County Legislator Theresa Garza Ruiz. They began in Istanbul visiting historical beauties such as Hagia Sophia, Underground Cistern and Topkapi Palace. Later on the group moved to Izmir, guests walked in the ancient streets of Ephesus and saw the home of Virgin Mary in the city of Izmir, the local foundation named IKAMER (international cultural cooperation) and Lieutenant Governor of Izmir hosted the guests. (June 1-16 , 2008, Turkey)
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