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soma-70F1-6B1F-1312On Tuesday, May 13th a mining disaster claimed the lives of nearly 300 miners in Soma near western Turkey. According to reports the death toll seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The disaster was caused by a fire in the mine. Efforts were made to save the victims, however only around 100 have been rescued.The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history. It is not just those who lost relatives and loved ones in the worst mining tragedy that Turkey has ever faced who are suffering; the whole country is mourning the deaths of the 300 mine workers killed in the disaster. On behalf of Raindrop Foundation we would like to convey our condolences to the friends and relatives of the miners and our deepest sympathies to the families. Now it is time to help the rescued miners and the families of the victims. Raindrop Foundation in collaboration with Embrace Relief has started a campaign for the people of Soma who are affected by the mining disaster. Please click the Donate button below to make an online donation or mail your checks, made payable to Embrace Relief, to 545 Interstate Pl. Carlstadt, NJ 07072



Raindrop Helping Hands Albuquerque helps Indian-American Families in Need with the Presence of State Representative Georgene Louis

IMG 4435Raindrop Helping Hands Reps. contacted to the New Mexico State Representative Georgene Louis who represents Indian-Americans at District 26. She arranged a gathering with 20 families in need at West Mesa High School in collaboration with Youth Development, Inc. (YDI) – Elev8. At the gathering Rep. Louis thanked to the Raindrop Helping Hands and Turkish American community for the donation to the Indian-American community in NM.

Early Thanksgiving Dinner at Raindrop Foundation Albuquerque

IMG 4028Raindrop Foundation Albuquerque in collaboration with The Dialogue Institute SW, organized Early Thanksgiving Dinner on November 21th evening with neighbors and friends in Albuquerque.

The event started with the welcoming remarks by Necip Orhan, Director of Raindrop Foundation and followed with the thanksgiving remarks by Reverends Carol McGowan and Phil Dougharty. Then Rev. Dougharty took the lead in curving the turkey to start the course for the dinner program. After turkey curving ceremony, all the participants enjoyed the delicious and tasty dishes and desserts.

Manti (Turkish ravioli) Day at Raindrop

turkishmantiRaindrop Foundation hosted Manti (Turkish ravioli) Day organized and sponsered by a local businessman Ahmet Tiryaki. It was the first time for most of the guests tasting the delicious Manti cooked by a local professional Manti chef Beyhan Sonmez. She also gave a little bit information about Manti and said although there are many different variations of manti, in terms of shape and way of serving, the most praised type of manti is known as Kayseri Mantisi, a special kind of manti belong to Kayseri, an Anatolian city of Turkey. There are two main ways of cooking and serving Manti:
Boiled in plain water — the filled dough parts are served with a combination of yogurt and garlic, and a tomato sauce topping. The amount of yogurt sauce is typically much greater than the tomato sauce, yet according to your liking you can adjust the amounts.
Boiled in tomato sauce — the filled dough parts are again served with a yogurt and garlic combination. Of course you're again invited to add extra spices such as sumac, mint and grounded red pepper to your liking.

Special thanks to Ahmet Tiryaki for bringing friends together by organizing such a wonderful event at Raindrop.

(November 1, 2013. Albuquerque, NM)

Enrollment has Started for Turkish Language Classes

turkish classes 2013Raindrop Foundation offers Turkish classes for all whether you are beginner or an experienced speaker looking to sharpen your speaking skills. The aim of classes is to develop all students' listening, speaking, reading, writing, and socio-cultural interaction skills. Our teachers are native Turkish speakers who are fully qualified to teach Turkish as a second language.

Easy enrollment process! Everything is online! Enroll by emailing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or just fill in the application form by clicking on this link . After you submit your application document, you will receive an e-mail from our corresponding Raindrop branch.

Tuition for classes is free. There will be $75 application and material fee.

Saturday, September 28th, (btwn 11:00am- 12:30pm)
Raindrop Foundation (7901 Mountain Road NE Suite: A&B Albuquerque, NM 87110)

Hurry up, the space is limited to 20 students! Do not miss this opportunity!

(September 8, 2013. Albuquerque, NM)

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