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Citizenship Month Poetry Night & Live Music

1905 usha akella iiJoin us for an evening full of poetry and live ney flute performance.
Take a break from your busy life and listen to your soul.
Usha Akella will be reciting her poems. Everyone in your family, men and women, are welcome to this program.

Nov 6, Friday
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Please RSVP here.



Early Thanksgiving Dinner

THANKSGIVING 2015 posterRegister Here for Early Thanksgiving Dinner

Turkish Cooking Class at HEB Central Market

cm4We have held a Turkish  cooking class at HEB Central Market. Our food experts, Sibel and Hande, thought delicious dishes from Turkish cuisine. There was 13 participants. They prepared cigarette borek from scratch. They also cooked baklava, beef stew over roasted eggplant , rice and a mushroom side dish. After class, participants enjoyed the food that they cooked.



Health Fair 2015 is on the corner!

healthfair20152015 Raindrop Health Fair! Come and Join us for free health screening! The Raindrop Foundation, in collaboration with US Congressman Al Green's office and Community Health Choice, would like to cordially invite you to our 2015 Annual Health Fair.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 10am - 1pm

Information & Screening Services This is a wonderful opportunity for you to obtain critical information regarding up-to-date health facts and tips.

Free Screenings to include:Blood Pressure Check HIV screening Glucose check Eye care for kids

Free Health Resources to include: Dental Information MD Anderson Cancer center Community Assistance Program

Free flu shots to first 150

Application Assistance to include: Medicaid and chip Renewal and Certification Help (Please bring a copy of your current check stub, your child's birth certificate, and social security card)

ECHOS Fire Truck Information from Bilingual Speech

Back pack and Bike give away!

National Night Out 2015 at Raindrop Foundation Houston

20151006 191316National Night Out is celebrated throughout America as an annual “Give Neighborhood Crime and Drugs a Going Away Party". Raindrop decided to honor the night with a special event held at Raindrop Foundation's headquarters on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The Turkish community and neighbors in the area showed their support by participating to make the evening a success.  Raindrop volunteers prepared and served a delicious variety of barbecue, salads and desserts to visitors. Children had the opportunity to see the inside of a police car; and spent their time gleefully pretending to be officers of the law. The officers gave all the children police batches and stickers. They also provided brochures to the adults in attendance about crime prevention and child safety.

Sgt. Angelita Delarosa from Harris County's Constable Precinct 7 made a short speech reflecting the importance of the night and community partnerships. Following Sgt. Delarosa's speech, police officers and children huddled together to take a picture together in front of the stage.

The evening was a unique example on how to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. One that has inspired many families in the community to stand up and take a stand against crime.

Turkish Cuisine @ HEB Central Market! TURKISH INDULGENCE

CentralMarketLogo t750x550Hands On. Come on a journey to some of Turkey's most indulgent dinners.  Tonight we join forces with The Raindrop Foundation as they send two food experts to help you explore some exciting Turkish dishes, from creating a lamb dish that includes a Bechamel Sauce and Eggplant, to an ever so easy Baklava.  Tonight you will learn:

Cigarette Borek (Feta Cheese stuffed Turkish or Phyllo Dough Rolls)

Mantar Sote (Sautéed Mushroom with Garlic Yogurt Sauce)

Hunkar Begendi (Sultan's Delight: A Lamb dish with Béchamel and Eggplant);

Pilav (Rice Pilaf); and


INSTRUCTOR: Sibel Bayhan & Hande Bulut, Food Experts from The Raindrop Foundation

Register from: https://centralmarket.turnstilesystems.com/ProgramDetail.aspx/RAINDROPTURKISHHOUSE



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.


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