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President’s Message about the Earthquake Help Campaign
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Dear Friends,

On Sunday, October 23, 2011 a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit the eastern part of Turkey. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the province of Van, impacting the provincial capital Van, and nearby towns. The biggest impact was in Ercis a town with a population of around 75 thousand.

Right after the earthquake happened, the initial news was that it only impacted a few dozen buildings. However, as time passed, we learnt that the reality was far more disastrous than that. In fact, as of Thursday, October twenty seven, 576 people were killed, 2.608 people were injured, and 187 people are rescued. In addition, thousands of people lost their homes. Thousands of buildings have collapsed and many have been damaged. According to Disaster and Emergence Management Presidency, experts have investigated 7069 buildings as of 10 a.m. October 27 and reported that 3713 buildings with 5270 homes could not be used.

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Turkish people need your help! Strong Quake Shakes Eastern Part of Turkey
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At 1:41 p.m. (5:41 a.m. CT) on Sunday, October 23, a quake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit Van province of Turkey near the border of Iran.

According to TRT, state-run network, 59 people were killed and 150 were injured in Ercis. 25 people were also killed in provincial capital also named Van. One other person was reported dead in Bitlis. However, officials fear that 1000 people may have been killed by the earthquake. We have received many calls and emails from the community expressing sympathy. We are very saddened by this disaster and extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to those who lost their loved ones. May God comfort them at this difficult time.

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Raindrop Turkish House Lubbock hosts Carillon Senior Life Care

Nursing HouseRaindrop Turkish House Lubbock brought friends, students, and community members together in a successful effort to celebrate and give back to one of society's most isolated groups - the elderly.

Raindrop Turkish House Lubbock Hosted Carillon Senior Life Care on September 29, 2011. The event included a reception, discussion, and a dinner, all designed to promote learning and dialogue across members of the different faiths.

RDF's outing to Carillon Senior Life Care Community surpassed its goal by brightening the rainy day, with fruit, flowers, and pleasant conversation, for a group of rarely visited individuals. Member of the Carillon Senior Life Care appreciate the effort of RDF and encourage them to contribute to the Lubbock Community.

(September 29th 2011,Lubbock, TX)

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TEXAS Needs Your Help: Wild Forest Fire Devastates Texas

fireSix of the 10 largest wildfires in Texas history occurred in 2011.

Fires in Texas in 2011: 19,556.

Fires nationally in 2011: 56,485.

Proportion of total national fires in 2011 that have occurred in Texas: 34.6 percent.

Acres burned in Texas in 2011: 3,669,800.

Acres burned nationally in 2011: 7,307,899.

Proportion of total national acres that have burned in Texas: 50.2 percent.

Texas is in the midst of its worst wildfire outbreak in state history. The Bastrop-area fire has been the largest of nearly 190 wildfires the forest service says erupted this week, leaving nearly 1,700 homes statewide in charred ruins, killing four people and forcing thousands of people to evacuate.A relentless Texas wildfire in Bastrop County east of Austin destroyed 476 homes and has set a somber state record: The highest number of homes lost in a single fire in Texas history.In the past seven days, Texas Forest Service has responded to 140 fires that have scorched more than 154,300 acres, including new large fires in Red River, Rusk, Camp and Hill counties. More than 1,300 homes and 20 businesses have been destroyed in Bastrop County alone.

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Raindrop Turkish House Lubbock honored $1000 Scholarship
IMG_6650Raindrop Turkish House honored Devi Khajishvili from Texas Tech University with a scholarship of $1,000. Devi is planning to pursue political science major in the university and he came from the country Georgia. The check was presented in our Lubbock branch right after the Panel discussion by our president Mehmet Okumus. Devi expressed his appreciation to the foundation and he thanked all the donors to the foundation. His aim is to finish the major as soon as possible and help the needy people in the future. His mentor professor Mark Web from Texas Tech University appreciated the scholarship program of Raindrop Turkish House.
 
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