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Raindrop Foundation presented the Elementary Campus of the Stafford Municiple School District with a donation

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It was with great pleasure that the Raindrop Foundation presented the Elementary Campus of the Stafford Municiple School District with a donation of $400 to go towards technology for all English as a Second Language Learners.  Funds were raised at Raindrop's kick off Coffee Night with the theme of Early Education. Presenter's, Ms. Mankin and Ms. Melodee addressed the needs of Early Language Acquisition and the Basics of Beginning a New Year, respectively.  

Beautifully hand crafted goods promoted sales; proceeds went towards the donation. The monies were presented to Campus Principal Mrs. Allen in the presence of the entire student body and faculty at their weekly Friday Morning Assembly. Mrs. Kaya and Mrs. Cizmeci acknowledged, that SMSD's goal of providing exemplary education, to the growing numbers of children, whose primary language is other than English, must be applauded! "They are playing a huge role in meeting the community's educational needs with a magnificent team," 


The first Ladies Coffee Night of 2015, held on January 15th

CoffeeNightJanuary15(13)The first Ladies Coffee Night of 2015, held on January 15th, was again a special night full of fun, valuable information, and social networking. This month's topic was Alzheimer’s disease and Kelly McCann, the Chief Program Officer at Alzheimer’s Association (Houston&Southeast Texas Chapter) made a very informative presentation on the topic and answered the questions from the audience.

The memory game and brain teasers, activities considered as preventive measures for Alzheimer disease, made the night both fun and challenging. Besides the delicious Turkish food, the participants were also served nuts and dried fruit as the examples of healthy diet to prevent the disease. Ladies also put their hands together to make blankets that will be donated to nursery homes. The night ended with nice conversations and memories while enjoying Turkish coffee. See you at the next Coffee Night with new topics and nice surprises…



Raindrop Turkish Language Class participants received their certificates


23.05.2015 16:29:18: Beste Chentler: Raindrop Turkish Language Class participants received their certificates on May 19th, 2015 with a small ceremony. Turkish classes are offered annually September through May on Saturdays at the Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center. "It has been so much fun learning Turkish and Turkish culture and the knowledge acquired from the language courses help me a lot on my trips to Turkey," said Haley Shields, Turkish Class participant.


Earthquake Help Campaign for the victims in Nepal

NEPAL-704x318An earthquake hit densely populated capitol Kathmandu area in Nepal around noon on Saturday. The international airport in the city was shut down several hours adding on the chaos. Authorities said Sunday that at least 2,000 people were killed, all but 60 of them in Nepal. At least 721 of them died in Kathmandu alone, The Associated Press reported.


loveisaverb2015We are very pleased to announce the upcoming event on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm. at our center. The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest would like to cordially invite you to the special movie screening of "Love Is a Verb", which is the examination of a social movement of Sufi-inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960's and now spans across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for "service" or The Gülen Movement after its inspiration and teacher, Fethullah Gülen, a man TIME magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013 for "...preaching a message of tolerance." 

Come and Join us for the Houston Nowruz Festival, March 20-21,2015 (11:00 am-8:00 pm.) at Turquoise Center!


nevruzOur Umbrella organization TCAE (Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians) cordially invites you to join us in the annual 2015 Nowruz Festival which will be held Saturday, March 21st through Sunday March 22nd, 2015 at the Turquoise Center (located 9301 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, Texas, 77031) between 11:00am and 8:00pm! You can watch our introduction video of the upcoming Nowruz Festival at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjEBbJBkcM0&sns=tw.  Samples of traditional cuisine will be featured from different Eurasian countries which include Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Bosnia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Traditional live shows and cultural performances, fun games for kids, live music, traditional folk dances, and soccer games will be arranged as part of the festival! The Nowruz Festival is one that aims to celebrate the coming of spring as well as unite the people of the world!Nowruz has been observed for more than 3,000 years and has been mostly celebrated on the day of the spring equinox, which is the term used to explain the day when sun shines directly to the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal all over the world.  Before Nowruz gained universal recognition, its geography was vast yet mostly limited to Central Asia and the Middle East. Nowruz is now a deeply rooted traditional celebration amongst the entire Turkic world.

Ladies’ Coffee Night on Thursday March 12th, 2015


coffee nightWe cordially invite you to Ladies’ Coffee Night on Thursday March 12th, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Turquoise Center 9301 West Bellfort Ave. Houston,Texas 7703.

The topic of the Month will be Empowering Women Through Honey Bee Farming. The keynote speaker will be Crystal Montanez Baylor, Executive Director of Hashoo Foundation USA.

As always, distinguished guests, delicious food from Turkish cuisine, great hospitality, fun activities, games and more….

See her presentation from Ted Talk!


Please RSVP from the following link:





723625b4c6bf41bab538e2feb8ae0750-4463e5f007c74b8ba43f9cd0e2a9ac84-e52bcbeb03843331680f6a706700c9e2The Turkish-American community condemns detentions of Ekrem Dumanli, editor-in-chief of highest circulating newspaper in Turkey, Zaman daily, Hidayet Karaca, chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, and dozens of others, on phony charges, as a blatant breach of press freedom and rule of law.

Dumanlı and Karaca were detained along with more than 20 people in a nationwide operation early on Sunday, December 14, 2014. A list of suspects to be detained, released by İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, shows that a total of 32 people are to be detained.

The suspects are accused of "forming, leading or being a member of an armed terrorist organization," "forgery" and "slander," according to a statement released by the prosecutor's office.

Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief Host the 2014 Share Your Holidays Food Drive

food 8On Friday, December 5th, 2014, the Raindrop Foundation and Embrace Relief had the opportunity to team up with ABC 13 local news station and the Houston Food Bank for their annual Share Your Holidays Food Drive. The purpose of the drive is to collect food donations for our neighbors who are currently living at or below the poverty line. With the prices of food and transportation rising, many families and individuals are finding it increasingly difficult to choose between putting food on the table and paying their rent/mortgage. Katherine Whaley from ABC 13 local news studio reported the event live from the Raindrop Foundation’s Turquoise Center, which was the designated food drop off location.

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