Kansas City News
Intercultural Trip to Turkey with a Delegation from UMKC

umkc-turkey__trip.jpgTurkey, sitting on a unique geographical position-connecting Asia and Europe, East and West, can be instrumental to initiate the dialog that has been most needed in recent times. Raindrop Turkish House which promotes understanding of diverse cultures, cultivate friendship, strengthen relationships between American and Turkish people  through dialog and corporation.

Between May 21st and May 30th, Raindrop Turkish House hosted a delegation in Turkey mainly from UMKC. The group visited Turkish universities as well as sites of historical and cultural importance including the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace, Cappadocia, Ephesus and more. Guests were hosted by several families in different cities such as Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Gazi Antep, Kahramanmaras, and Sanli Urfa, and had opportunity to talk at length about the life, culture and the educational system of Turkey. (May 21, 2010, Turkey)

Turkey Trip Orientation Meeting with the Congregation of Saint Therese Little Flower Parish
turkey_orientation.jpgWith a long and illustrious history involving the Romans and Greeks, Byzantines and apostles, Ottoman Turks and more, Turkey is positively brimming with fascinating historical religious sites. On Sunday October 10, Raindrop Turkish House hosted an orientation meeting with the congregation from St. Theresa Little Flower Parish for their trip to Turkey. At the gathering guests had a chance to taste some homemade Turkish food before their travel to Turkey, and followed by Mr. Tatli’s presentation about Turkey and Raindrop Turkish House, he also provided some useful tips for trip Turkey. Gathering ended with a presentation about Islam by Dr. Yavuz’s who is the advisory board member of the Institute of Interfaith Dialog. He gave some basic information on Islam and answered questions.   (October 10, 2010 Lenexa, KS)
US Senator Sam Brownback Visited Kansas Raindrop Turkish House and Met with Turkish Americans

Sam Brownback, whose goal to help renew the American dream for all Kansans by growing the economy, lowering government spending, and increasing individual freedoms, visited Raindrop Turkish house in Lenexa, Kansas.

During Senator Brownback's Raindrop Turkish House visit, he had tour in the center and received information about cultural and educational services of Raindrop Turkish House, and met with Turkish Americans from different backgrounds including entrepreneurs, businessman, medical community as well as professors from colleges across Topeka, Overland Park, Wichita, Lenexa, Shawnee, Kansas City, Lawrence.

The New York Times declared that he is "one of the most conservative, religious, fascinating — and, in many ways, admirable — politicians in America today." The Weekly Standard said Sam is "Mr. Compassionate Conservative," and the American Spectator called him, "a model of modern American conservatism." (September 24, 2010 Lenexa, KS)

Raindrop Turkish House Hosted Iftar Dinner
sept_2_dinner.jpgOn September 2nd Raindrop Turkish House hosted an Iftar dinner. Eric Wade Lenexa city administrator, Ellen Hanson Lenexa Chief of Police, John Meier Leawood Chief of Police, Larry Larimore Deputy Chief of Shawnee Police Department, Troy Rettig Deputy Chief of Leawood Police Department were some of the guests. At the gathering guests enjoyed delicious homemade Turkish food and traditional Turkish “DONER KEBAP”. As dinner ended Mr. Tatli gave some information about Raindrop Turkish House and its activities to the guests. (September 2nd, 2010 Lenexa, KS)
Intercultural trip to Turkey with the members of the Kansas House of Representatives

turkish_house10_3rd.jpgThe best way to learn different cultures is to visit their countries of origin. Turkish hospitality, rich archaeological and historical sites, and seaside resorts attract more than 30 million visitors each year. Raindrop Turkish House organizes Intercultural trips to Turkey to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding. Intercultural Trip to Turkey has been specifically designed for academics, politicians, bureaucrats, community service providers, journalists and other related professionals to enhance their multicultural experience as well as intercultural relations between the American and Turkish societies. (July 27th, 2010 Turkey)


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