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Save the Date for the 14th Annual International Festival of Language and Culture Southwest USA in Houston Texas.

iflctxRaindrop Foundation is happy to announce that 14th Annual International Festival of Language and Culture Southwest USA Gala will be held on Saturday February 6, 2106 from 2:00 pm. to 4:00 pm. at Hobby Center in Houston Texas.  The festival is an annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world. It is dedicated to cultivate and educate the youth and create a platform to share their cultural heritage with their peers around the world. It is our mission to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love, and cultural encounters through the world.

Whose side are you on ?

Bastrop Fire Relief

There is a story in folklore about father Abraham.  Surrounded by fires of evil, his fate appeared certain.  Into this scene flew a little bird, with a beak full of water to drop on the fire.  Abraham thanked the tiny creature, but wondered what effect just a small gift of water would have on the fire.  The little bird chirped cheerfully, “It may not put out the fire, but I wanted you to know whose side I am on.”

Iftar Dinner with Austin Police Department

IMG 5458It has been a tradition in recent years that Raindrop Turkish House hosts Austin Police Department executive staff for an iftar dinner during the month of Ramadan. Assistant Chief Jessica Robledo , Assistant Chief Todd Smith and 11 other executive officers have attended to the evening this year. 

Filiz Camuz, Raindrop Women's Association Executive Director, welcomed the guests and gave them brief introduction about Raindrop Turkish House and some information about fasting.  She also presented a coffee set to Jessica Robledo as a tooth rent which is another tradition in Turkish culture. The fallen Sgt. Christopher Kelly who was killed in the previous week while he is on duty, was remembered during the program. The roomful guests had a moment of silence for him. 


Chief Robledo expressed her feeling about the condolences email that she received from Turkish community. She said that it warmed her heart when she saw the email and she mention how meaningful to hear good things while they are being criticized for most of the time.  

By the time of sunset, everyone enjoyed the food prepared by Raindrop Turkish House volunteers. Officers gave chief officer stickers to all children at the dinner. The evening was ended with group pictures and warm wishes. 


Austin Ladies Coffee Night with Huriya Jabbar and Mother of the Year Award


IMG 8029Raindrop Women's Association (RAWA) hosted many distinguished women and men from all over Austin on May 8th, Friday for the last coffee night of the season.
Women Community Center of Central Texas (WomenCTX) was the guest organization. Event participants learned more about WomenCTX.

RAWA advisory board member Liza Pazenza was the emcee of the event.
The executive director of RAWA Filiz Camuz welcomed guests. She said RAWA depends on volunteers, whom they appreciated so much. She also celebrated Teachers and Nurses week and all mothers' Mother's day.

Dr. Huriye Jabbar of UT-Austin is the former Chief Operations Officer of Modest Needs. She shared her journey from economics, philanthropy, research and education policies. Her success at the Modest needs foundation was remarkable. She wants to work on effective education policies at UT Austin.

RAWA gives 'Mother of the Year" award each year to recognize exceptional women for successfully building their careers, nurturing their families and helping improve the lives of others while they overcome lots of obstacles in their personal lives.

The second half of the program was dedicated to the Mother of the Year award ceremony.


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