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Our thoughts are with the victims of ‪#‎ankara‬ terror attack.

 

ankara saldiriDear Friends,
I would like to extend heartfelt condolences to all affected by the brutal terrorist attack that claimed 28 innocent lives and injured 61 others in Ankara, our nations capital. This cruel attack targeted the military service personnel of Turkey and left the nation mourning.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this tragedy while we wish a speedy recovery to all who were injured.

I strongly condemn all acts of terror. Regardless of where an attack occurs, any form of terrorist activity is a damage to peace and harmony of universal humanity. This heinous act of terrorism is not only an attack against Turkey, but an attack against all human values and unity.

Mehmet Okumus
President
 
The Finest Women Social

 MG 5829It was such a great synergy in the room created by around 90 women from all over the world. Making new  connections and catch up with old friends. Raindrop Women’s Association ,Houston Istanbul Sister Cicy Association and Institute of Spiritual and Health organized the Houston Ladies’ Coffee night for the season. 

Alice Helbings was our mc at the event. RaWA class coordinator Medine Zorluer gave a brief introduction about Raindrop Turkish House and Raindrop Women's Association. After her speech, Birnur Guven, the board member at Houston Istanbul Sister Cities Association, introduced their programs to the audience.

Susana McCollom was the keynote speaker. Her speech about the impact of kindness and connection was inspiring and refreshing. She shared many quotes from random people who  participated a research about the topic. There were also quotes from ted talks. She mentioned many subtopics such as kindness is contiguous and most of the times inherited, perfection, hiding problem, sincerity and more. We are very thankful Susana for sharing these findings with us.

 

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Annual International Festival of Language and Culture was held on Saturday, Feb 6, 2016.

iflcThe 14th Annual International Language and Culture Festival, organized by Raindrop Foundation, was held at Hobby Center in Houston on Saturday February 06, 2016. The Raindrop foundation is pleased to entail the tremendous success of the event. With a sold out venue of over 3,000 people combined from all walks of life, everyone enjoyed together this festive atmosphere of live performances in different languages including English, Turkish, Spanish, French, German and many more.

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Save the Date for the 14th Annual International Festival of Language and Culture Southwest USA in Houston Texas.

iflctxRaindrop Foundation is pleased to announce that 14th Annual International Festival of Language and Culture Southwest USA Gala will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2106, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Hobby Center in Houston, Texas.  The festival is an annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world. It is dedicated to cultivate and educate the youth and create a platform to share their cultural heritage with their peers around the world. It is our mission to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love, and cultural encounters throughout the world.

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Houston Ladies' Coffee Night is coming up!

Register before Feb 11th.

Do not miss the early bird price.

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RAWA Panel Discussion and Networking Event

IMG 7312Women's Influence in Non-Profits- A panel discussion organized by University of Houston, Downtown and the Raindrop Women’s Association Houston.

The room was packed. Over 140 guests were there during the panel discussion event. The program started with dinner. David Flores, President of University of Houston-Downtown, gave the opening speech. UHD was the main sponsor and partner organizer for the event. Filiz Camuz, Executive Director of RAWA Houston has also welcomed guests. The MC of the evening was Heidy Kahle from UNICEF USA.

The moderator of the discussion was Ronnie Hagerty, Assistant VP United Way of Greater Houston. Speakers were Dorothy Gibbons, CEO of The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization, Alecia Lawyer, Founder of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Susan Meinholz, Board President of FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. It was a priceless conversation that full information based on experience. What is the boards role? How to reach out people to find donors? What are the struggles? Why the speakers chose the non-profit path as career? Those are some of the topics that were discussed. After their speeches, audience ask their questions and the panel discussion was over. RAWA Houston advisory board member, Noami Ostfeld, presented custom made necklace to each speaker. Necklaces were made by Hatice Avsar, a polymer clay artist.The audience also enjoyed the beautiful music performance by Alice Lawyer.

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Upcoming events and classes at Raindrop

Turkish Language Classes

No matter what your level of Turkish language is, there is a class for you.

Conversational Turkish – Beginner Level

Jan 23rd - Apr 16th (12 Weeks)

Saturday @ 2:00 - 5:00 (36 HRS)

http://turkishbegin-2016-spring.eventbrite.com

 

Conversational Turkish – Intermediate Level

Jan 23rd - Apr 16th (12 Weeks)

Saturday @ 2:00 - 5:00 (36 HRS)

http://turkishinter-2016-spring.eventbrite.com

 

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2015 Early Thanksgiving Dinner

ETD2015Raindrop Foundation hosted the annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday November 19, 2015. The program was also a celebration of Citizenship Month for Houston. The motto of the night was “Many Faces of Houston Together Around a Table.” The dinner was coordinated with the Glenshire Community Association, Brays Oaks Management District, Dialog Institute of the Southwest, Citizenship Month Committee, Raindrop Women’s Association, Office of International Communities, Houston Food Bank, Embrace Relief Southwest USA and Super Neighborhood 36 community.

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Citizenship Month Poetry Night

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Citizenship Month Poetry Night has started with reception. Poetry lovers enjoyed light refreshments and socialized.

Susana McCollom was the master of ceremony of the evening. She is the Director, Ethnography& Workplace Chaplaincy at Institute for Spirituality and Health. Filiz Camuz, the executive director of Raindrop Women’s Association, welcomed guests and gave brief introduction of Raindrop Turkish House. Mahmut Gok, the executive director of Embrace Relief SW, talked about the current campaigns of Embrace Relief Foundation.

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