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Raindrop Foundation Volunteers Participated In The 9th Annual Peace Festival

IMG 3099Raindrop Foundation- Oklahoma City once again contributed to the diverse culture of Oklahoma. Raindrop volunteers participated in Oklahoma City's 9th annual peace festival on Saturday, November 8th, 2014 in the Civic center music hall'sin downtown in oklahoma city.. The theme of this event was Art in the City: a "Cultural Connection." The festival had many participants from around the world including Turkey. Raindrop Foundation volunteer made (ebru) water marbling for people.
Many of the people who visited our booth had never seen someone make ebru or water marbling. Approximately hundreds people visited the event and were able to learn about Turkish culture.Visitors found tables and booth of local groups and organizations active in social justice , human service, human rights ,environmental sustainability ,and peace "said director of the peace house. "the peace festival showcases the good efforts of private groups working in those areas " he said

 
Raindrop Foundation Volunteers Participate in the 6th Annual Wesley UMC Art Festival on


Raindrop Foundation- Oklahoma City once again contributed to the diverse culture of Oklahoma. Raindrop foundation volunteers participated in Oklahoma City's 6th annual Wesley UMC festival on Saturday, November 1, 2014 in the Wesley UMC . The theme of this event was Art in the City: "Cultural Connection." The festival had many participants from around the world including Turkey. Raindrop Foundation volunteer made (ebru) water marbling for people.The water marbling art was so very interesting .The artist demonstrating it did such an amazing job of choosing and blending colors.the designs were each unique and interesting .
Many of the people who visited our booth had never seen someone make ebru or water marbling. Approximately hundreds people visited the event and were able to learn about Turkish culture.Visitors found beautiful and they all enjoyed seeing our items-coffee pots,carpets,books ets.IMG 2993

 
OKLAHOMA CITY RAINDROP FOUNDATION FOOD DRIVE

Raindrop Foundation is participating in the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Hunger Food and Fund Drive. The drive is being sponsored by foundation volunteers. All food donated during the drive will be used locally and will arrive just in time for the holidays. Raindrop Foundation has had a long successful partnership with the Regional Food Bank, with many of our volunteers spending hours each month in volunteer services to the organization.

We are well on our way to our goal of many items. If you would like to donate canned and non-perishable food items to the drive, you may send food, or bring it to the Raindrop Foundation. Please join us in our efforts to reach our goal by November 28.


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Raindrop Foundation is pleased to announce our participation in a blanket drive organized by Embrace Relief in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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It is an effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq for Turkey due to the erupting violence in Syria and Iraq. The effort is to help Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in need during the harsh winter months what will soon be upon them.

Last year, 18,000 blankets were collected and shipped to Turkey. Since 2013, the crisis in Syria has only grown worse with now more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. Refugee camps have outgrown their capacity and refugees are surviving on makeshift shelters in border cities. Now, with further unrest in the area, Iraqi refugees have started fleeing to Turkey causing the amount of people in dire need to multiply by the thousands on a regular basis.

The blanket drive will take place from November 1, 2014 through November 22, 2014. We ask for your support in our effort to provide warmth to these people in need.

Raindrop Foundation is participating in this aid program with monetary donation. Please consider that the cost of one blanket is $10.00 when you are making your monetary donation for this aid program.

You may go on to http://embracerelief.org/donations/ and find “Donate Blanket Drive for Syrian/Iraqi Refugees” button.

Please remember that every dollar donated counts. Your contributions will be used to provide a blanket and go towards the purchase of basic necessities required for caring for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey.

Raindrop Foundation is grateful for your donations and support for this humanitarian effort.

With kind regards,

 

 
Raindrop foundation hosted Eid celebration with Oklahoma City’s Refugee Resettlement program

Raindrop Turkish House hosted the Al Adha Eid celebration with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City's Refugee Resettlement Program. The celebration provided a valuable opportunity to collaborate with community organizations and make a positive impact in the lives of newly arrived immigrants. Over seventy staff, clients and guests attended including Ersin Demirci and Catholic Charities' Sahar Aldurobi, refugee social services case worker. The two opened the event with welcome remarks, sharing how the missions of both Raindrop Foundation and Catholic Charities were aligned with cross-cultural learning and community integration. Invitees thoroughly enjoyed home-cooked, authentic Turkish cuisine and tea while children received donated gifts from Raindrop Foundation. Attendees participated in a raffle contest for gift cards, and the evening ended with an Oud performance by a member of the audience.
The Raindrop Foundation showcased activities, such as Turkish and English as a Second Language classes, Coffee Nights, and Turkish cooking classes, for which all guests had the chance to sign up. 5 October 2014

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