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Raindrop Turkish Language Class participants received their certificates

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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.

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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.

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SAVE THE DATE! THURSDAY APRIL 16 @ 6 PM IN TURQUOISE CENTER

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.

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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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3fFGhBNezc

Please RSVP from the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/march-ladies-coffee-night-tickets-15813461489

 

 
STATEMENT ABOUT RECENT DETENTIONS AGAINST JOURNALISTS

 

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.

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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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November night ladies of Houston came together to celebrate the Citizenship Month

DSCF0389On a fine November night ladies of Houston came together to celebrate the Citizenship Month. The room was filled with guests from different nationalities representing many faces of Houston. Naomi Ostfeld, Attorney and secretary of the Brays Oaks Super Neighborhood, made an inspiring speech about how citizenship month is celebrated in Houston. The night continued with fun games and participants enjoyed the delicious food and coffee. Noah's pudding, the dessert prepared by mixing a variety of grains, dried fruits, and nuts, was a reflection of the diversity at the coffee night and in the city of Greater Houston.
Next coffee night will be held in January. Happy holidays to you and your loved ones!

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Embrace Relief 2014 Share Your Holidays Food Drive Live Show at ABC 13 on Friday.

abcPlease bring your food donation to Raindrop Foundation till Friday December 5, 2014. 

The cornerstone of the Embrace Relief’s mission is service above self. This year, our mission will be personified by the millions of people who will benefit from our holiday food drive, geared towards feeding families in need. Food insecurity is a substantial issue globally and we want to ensure that we are doing our part in helping out those affected by it. Many of our own neighbors right here in Houston area are currently living below the poverty line. This means that families are forced to make tough decisions in providing basic necessities. With the rising cost of food and transportation, it can become very difficult for families to choose between keeping a roof over their head and keeping food on the table.

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