RAWA Panel Discussion and Networking Event

IMG 7312Women's Influence in Non-Profits- A panel discussion organized by University of Houston, Downtown and the Raindrop Women’s Association Houston.

The room was packed. Over 140 guests were there during the panel discussion event. The program started with dinner. David Flores, President of University of Houston-Downtown, gave the opening speech. UHD was the main sponsor and partner organizer for the event. Filiz Camuz, Executive Director of RAWA Houston has also welcomed guests. The MC of the evening was Heidy Kahle from UNICEF USA.

The moderator of the discussion was Ronnie Hagerty, Assistant VP United Way of Greater Houston. Speakers were Dorothy Gibbons, CEO of The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization, Alecia Lawyer, Founder of River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and Susan Meinholz, Board President of FamilyTime Crisis and Counseling Center. It was a priceless conversation that full information based on experience. What is the boards role? How to reach out people to find donors? What are the struggles? Why the speakers chose the non-profit path as career? Those are some of the topics that were discussed. After their speeches, audience ask their questions and the panel discussion was over. RAWA Houston advisory board member, Noami Ostfeld, presented custom made necklace to each speaker. Necklaces were made by Hatice Avsar, a polymer clay artist.The audience also enjoyed the beautiful music performance by Alice Lawyer.

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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 pleased 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 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 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 throughout the world.

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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.”

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2015 Early Thanksgiving Dinner

ETD2015Raindrop Foundation hosted the annual Early Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday November 19, 2015. The program was also a celebration of Citizenship Month for Houston. The motto of the night was “Many Faces of Houston Together Around a Table.” The dinner was coordinated with the Glenshire Community Association, Brays Oaks Management District, Dialog Institute of the Southwest, Citizenship Month Committee, Raindrop Women’s Association, Office of International Communities, Houston Food Bank, Embrace Relief Southwest USA and Super Neighborhood 36 community.

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Citizenship Month Poetry Night

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Citizenship Month Poetry Night has started with reception. Poetry lovers enjoyed light refreshments and socialized.

Susana McCollom was the master of ceremony of the evening. She is the Director, Ethnography& Workplace Chaplaincy at Institute for Spirituality and Health. Filiz Camuz, the executive director of Raindrop Women’s Association, welcomed guests and gave brief introduction of Raindrop Turkish House. Mahmut Gok, the executive director of Embrace Relief SW, talked about the current campaigns of Embrace Relief Foundation.

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