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
 
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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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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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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Whose side are you on ?

Bastrop Fire Relief

There is a story in folklore about father Abraham.  Surrounded by fires of evil, his fate appeared certain.  Into this scene flew a little bird, with a beak full of water to drop on the fire.  Abraham thanked the tiny creature, but wondered what effect just a small gift of water would have on the fire.  The little bird chirped cheerfully, “It may not put out the fire, but I wanted you to know whose side I am on.”

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