Albuquerque News
The House of Representatives of State of NM recognized the donation of Raindrop for Wild Fire in Lincoln County
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Last year in June 2012, bone-dry conditions in New Mexico had produced two massive fires, one being the largest in the state's history. It has burned for weeks near the town of Ruidoso on the land of 43,000 acres and destroyed 242 homes and businesses. Right after the incident, Raindrop Helping Hands launched a campaign that focuses on all aspects of the reforestation efforts, clean-up, upgrading equipment, and replanting trees that were destroyed in the fires and donated $5000 to the Lincoln County to help repair damage caused by the Little Bear Fire.
On February 8, 2013 at Fifty-First Legislature and First Session, the House of Representatives of NM honored Raindrop with a certificate sponsored by Rep. Zachery J. Cook (Lincoln & Otero Counties) expressing the recognition of the House of Representatives to the Raindrop Foundation. At the session, Rep. Zachary Cook addressed to the House and said "The Raindrop Foundation has once again proven its dedication and friendship to the people of New Mexico". “Their support will help all those affected by the devastation of the fire, and their generosity will not be forgotten". The Executive Director of Raindrop Foundation gave some information about the foundation and said “as being a significant part of this community, we are very delighted to be able make a contribution to help repair the damage.” Following, he thanked to the House of Representatives for recognition of the donation. During the session, Raindrop was represented by Ahmet Tiryaki (a well-respected local businessman) and the Executive Director.The certificate was presented them by the Speaker of the House.
(February 13, 2013. Albuquerque, NM)
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Albuquerque Raindrop Foundation Organized a Campaign to Reduce the Pain of the Sandy Disaster Victims
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Raindrop Turkish House organized a campaign on December 20th and 21th, 2012 on Thursday, and Friday between 5- 8 pm that focused on to reduce the pain of the Sandy Disaster Victims. Turkish- American Community came together, cooked traditional food and served dinner to the community for donation to Hurricane Sandy victims. More than fifty people had their dinner at Raindrop Turkish House to be part of this wonderful project. Guests enjoyed learning how water marbling is made and tasted Turkish foods and sweets. The delightful conversations had while tasting these foods and drinking Turkish tea were memorable to everybody. In addition to the food, an art and handcraft gift section featured live demonstrations of traditional Turkish art (water marbling). Many of the attendees liked this wonderful painting on the water.
As Raindrop, we would like to send our deepest condolences to all the victims, their families and friends. And also we thank to everyone who supported this campaign.
(December 25, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)
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With the Present of Mayor Berry, Raindrop Has Donated 300 Lbs Beef to Help Feed Homeless in Albuquerque
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Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry hosted a news conference to announce the donation of 300 lbs. of ground beef, from the Raindrop Turkish House, to help feed the homeless in the city of Albuquerque. The meat, which has been stored at an Albuquerque Senior Center Kitchen, delivered to the site, directly following the news conference. After the unloading of the beef, the Mayor and Maria Berry and representatives of Raindrop Foundation helped serve food at the Albuquerque Rescue Mission.
On October 25th was “sacrifice festival”. Raindrop Foundation Representatives kindly asked the Turkish- American community members to donate meat to the people in need in Albuquerque. Turkish American community in Albuquerque agreed to donate 300 lbs. meat to the needy in the city. Raindrop Reps. gave a call to the City of Albuquerque to seek a way conveying the meat to the right people. The City arranged a press conference hosted by the Mayor Berry to encourage other organizations in the city on November 20, 2012 at 11:00 am. At the news conference Mayor Berry thanked to Raindrop Turkish House and Turkish American community for the significant contribution to the community in Albuquerque. Following the Executive Director of Raindrop Foundation gave some information about the foundation and its activities. He emphasized the “importance of sharing” in Turkish Culture and said “sharing at least 2/3 of the ‘sacrifice meat’ is important and as well as a tradition in the Turkish culture”. He also said that “it’s is also a nice coincidence that this donation happened at a great time of Thanksgiving holiday”.
And again as being Turkish-American community and Raindrop Turkish House, we would like to thank to all who helped us to make this event come true.
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(November 25, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)
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Raindrop Turkish House Albuquerque has hosted Early Thanksgiving Dinner
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Raindrop Turkish House in collaboration with The Institute of Interfaith Dialog, had celebrated the Thanksgiving on November 17th evening with neighbors and friends from New Mexico.
The event started with welcoming remarks by the Director of Raindrop Turkish House. The Director gave a brief speech regarding the history and importance of the Thanksgiving. He also made a presentation about the activities of Raindrop. Following, Rev. Phil Dougharty made a short and brief prayer for gathering around Thanksgiving Dinner. During the prayer, the importance of thanksgiving and gratefulness is emphasized from different cultural perspectives by Rev. Dougharty. The conclusion of the prayer was to thank God and pray together with saying "Let's thank our beautiful country, let's thank our living constitution, and let's thank the people around us. Only then can we truly thank God."
Then Rev. Dougharty took the lead in cutting the turkey to start the course for the dinner program. After turkey cutting ceremony, all the participants enjoyed the delicious and tasty dishes and desserts with the Mediterranean flavors. Following, one person from each table shared their Thanksgiving memories under the moderation of Maria C. Moya.
Attendees enjoyed the traditional turkey dinner in this early thanksgiving program, and thanked the foundation for being an excellent neighbor for the community. Early Thanksgiving Dinner was an opportunity for families and friends to share their insightful cares, delicious Thanksgiving dinner with pumpkin pies.
(November 17, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)
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Albuquerque Raindrop Hosted 2012 Kurban Eid& Republic Day Celebration

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The Turkish- American community celebrated Sacrifice Festival (Kurban Eid) and anniversary of the declaration of the Turkish Republic at the Raindrop Turkish House in Albuquerque. People from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Socorro gathered early in the morning for the special bayram prayer in their best clothes. After the bayram prayer, adults greeted one another wholeheartedly; children honored the hand-kissing custom (kissing an adult's right hand and placing it on one's forehead as a sign of love and respect), while wishing their elders kids got special presents and gifts along with sweets and a bayram tip. Following the prayer and greetings, all the participants enjoyed bayram breakfast which was sponsored by a local businessman, Ahmet Tiryaki from Albuquerque. Children were surprised and happy when they got special prepared gifts. Children also enjoyed piñata game. At the end of the breakfast, firstly the executive director of RDTH welcomed people and mentioned a little bit about “sacrifice eid” and “republic” day of Turkey. He said that “on October 29, 1923, the Grand National Assembly proclaimed the Republic of Turkey. Atatürk was named as its President, Ankara as its capital, and the state of Turkey was born”. After this , everybody stood up and sang the national anthem of Turkish republic. Following, Ahmet Tiryaki presented a gift to Sueda Cetinkaya from Albuquerque School of Excellence who got the first place nationwide at the Shade Foundation’s poster contest 2012. After that, Dr. Sayavur Bakhtiyarov presented another gift to Devrim Tiryaki for his success on entering to University of NM. It was an unforgettable day for everybody.

(October 27, 2012. Albuquerque, NM)

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