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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.

Ladies Night Featured TAMU Women Chorus

ladies night 1The 3rd Ladies Night of the fall season was held at the Raindrop Turkish House on Friday, November 14, 2014. After curving the turkey and sharing the Thanksgiving dinner, TAMU Women Chorus performed their four best songs including the most liked one: “I Believe”. MC of the program was F.Stringer who is one of the familiar faces at Raindrop.

The theme of the Ladies Night was Thanksgiving. P.Engler, who is a retired Director of Education for Bryan First Presbyterian Church, shared a Thanks Living presentation. Ms.Engler pointed a different perspective to Thanksgiving Celebration. The program continued with a brief Noah’s Pudding Presentation by Raindrop volunteer E.Kayak, door prize, and Thanksgiving taboo and naming food games. About 80 people who attended the Ladies Night tasted Noah’s Pudding and Turkish coffee at the end of the program.

Homeschooling was discussed at Ladies' Night

2014-10-17 - coffeenight -1 2nd Ladies coffee night of the fall season was on Oct. 10th.While eating a Turkish meal, we enjoyed listening Kathryn Taylor who is a former public school teacher. She talked about homeschooling and shared her own experience. A raindrop volunteer shared a presentation about the national and religious festivals in Turkey. Ladies night continued with karaoke and balloon game. Next one is on Nov. 14th (always 2nd Friday of the month) @ 6pm. Please mark your

Raindrop Cooking Class on October 18th


cuisineclass-10-18-2014Here is the table from the first cooking class.The whole menu was vegetarian; zucchini patties, spinach pastry, bulgur pilaf. Next cooking class is on Oct. 18 @ 11 am with beef sauté and rice with chickpeas. Don't miss it!

Raindrop Foundation is pleased to announce our participation in a blanket drive organized by Embrace Relief in collaboration with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC).

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It is an effort to collect blankets for refugees who have fled Syria and Iraq for Turkey due to the erupting violence in Syria and Iraq. The effort is to help Syrian and Iraqi refugee families in need during the harsh winter months what will soon be upon them.

Last year, 18,000 blankets were collected and shipped to Turkey. Since 2013, the crisis in Syria has only grown worse with now more than one million Syrian refugees living in Turkey alone. Refugee camps have outgrown their capacity and refugees are surviving on makeshift shelters in border cities. Now, with further unrest in the area, Iraqi refugees have started fleeing to Turkey causing the amount of people in dire need to multiply by the thousands on a regular basis.

The blanket drive will take place from November 1, 2014 through November 22, 2014. We ask for your support in our effort to provide warmth to these people in need.

Raindrop Foundation is participating in this aid program with monetary donation. Please consider that the cost of one blanket is $10.00 when you are making your monetary donation for this aid program.

You may go on to and find “Donate Blanket Drive for Syrian/Iraqi Refugees” button.

Please remember that every dollar donated counts. Your contributions will be used to provide a blanket and go towards the purchase of basic necessities required for caring for the Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Turkey.

Raindrop Foundation is grateful for your donations and support for this humanitarian effort.

With kind regards,


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