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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.


Earthquake Help Campaign for the victims in Nepal

NEPAL-704x318An earthquake hit densely populated capitol Kathmandu area in Nepal around noon on Saturday. The international airport in the city was shut down several hours adding on the chaos. Authorities said Sunday that at least 2,000 people were killed, all but 60 of them in Nepal. At least 721 of them died in Kathmandu alone, The Associated Press reported.


loveisaverb2015We are very pleased to announce the upcoming event on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm. at our center. The Dialogue Institute of the Southwest would like to cordially invite you to the special movie screening of "Love Is a Verb", which is the examination of a social movement of Sufi-inspired Sunni Muslims that began in Turkey in the 1960's and now spans across the globe. The group is called Hizmet, the Turkish word for "service" or The Gülen Movement after its inspiration and teacher, Fethullah Gülen, a man TIME magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013 for "...preaching a message of tolerance." 

Come and Join us for the Houston Nowruz Festival, March 20-21,2015 (11:00 am-8:00 pm.) at Turquoise Center!


nevruzOur Umbrella organization TCAE (Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians) cordially invites you to join us in the annual 2015 Nowruz Festival which will be held Saturday, March 21st through Sunday March 22nd, 2015 at the Turquoise Center (located 9301 West Bellfort Ave, Houston, Texas, 77031) between 11:00am and 8:00pm! You can watch our introduction video of the upcoming Nowruz Festival at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjEBbJBkcM0&sns=tw.  Samples of traditional cuisine will be featured from different Eurasian countries which include Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Bosnia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. Traditional live shows and cultural performances, fun games for kids, live music, traditional folk dances, and soccer games will be arranged as part of the festival! The Nowruz Festival is one that aims to celebrate the coming of spring as well as unite the people of the world!Nowruz has been observed for more than 3,000 years and has been mostly celebrated on the day of the spring equinox, which is the term used to explain the day when sun shines directly to the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal all over the world.  Before Nowruz gained universal recognition, its geography was vast yet mostly limited to Central Asia and the Middle East. Nowruz is now a deeply rooted traditional celebration amongst the entire Turkic world.

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