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World Refugee Day

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Houston is Home to 70,000 refugees from 78 different countries! Houston’s diversity, booming economy, and culture are in part a result of refugees who have brought new flavors and zest from their home countries. We will celebrate refugees’ unrelenting perseverance and positivity on World Refugee Day, Saturday June 21, 2014 at the Raindrop Foundation Turkish House from 3:00-7:00pm. The day will be filled with cultural entertainmentchildren’s activities, cultural food, and educational exhibits.  Bring the whole family to this free, fun, and educational event!

9th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad will be held at Hobby Center in Houston


turkish2015Raindrop Turkish House is organizing the 9thAnnual Turkish Language Olympiad Southwest America Finals and everyone is invited to this exciting event that contributes in very colorful cultural life of Greater Houston area and Great State of Texas. Houston will host students from six states who will compete in 11 categories including singing, poetry, talent, picture and figure, folklore, cuisine, language and state exhibition contests.

Here are the event's details:

Name of the event:9thAnnual Turkish Language Olympiad Southwest America Finals
Date:  Saturday, January 17th,2015
Time: 2 PM.- 4:00 PM.
Location: The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts - Sarofim Hall in Houston
Address: 800 Bagby Street, Ste. 300 Houston, TX 77002
Host: Raindrop Turkish House   9301 W Bellfort Ave. Houston, TX 77031
713 974 1412

Details: Free and open to the public.
Over 250 million people in the world speak Turkish language. Today Turkish is taught in 115 countries as a second language in many leading high schools and colleges as well as in United States. Moreover, Turkish is one of the critical-need languages under the National Security Language Initiative that highlights Turkish Language as “actively sought by universities, government agencies and the business sector for their skills, experience, and knowledge!” (
Raindrop Turkish House is teaching Turkish classes in 15 cities in Texas and neighboring states including Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas, and Arkansas. In order to promote Turkish language learning and cultural diversity, Raindrop has been organizing Turkish Language Olympiads since 2007.


Invitation to A reception benefitting the victims of mining disaster in Turkey and flood in Bosnia


Dear Friends,

We have been struck by sad news of disasters in the month of May in Turkey and Bosnia.  On May 13th, a fire started in a coal mine in Western Turkey and claimed the lives of nearly 300 miners. It is claimed to be the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey’s history. Only days after this disaster, Bosnia faced the heaviest rains and worst flood in 120 years. Flood influenced over one million people and caused the death of dozens of people. Tens of thousands of people had to be relocated, many lost their homes.

Now it is time to help the victims of mining disaster in Turkey and flood in Bosnia. For this purpose, we are holding a reception benefitting the victims of the two disasters.

Raindrop Foundation in collaboration with Embrace Relief would like to invite you to the reception benefitting the victims of mining disaster in Turkey and flood in Bosnia and hope you will honor us with your participation and help us in air aid efforts.

Reception will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014. Details are as follows:

Date: Friday, June 13, 2014

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Reception: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Fundraising Program: 7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.

Venue: Turquoise Center / Ottoman Ballroom

9301 W. Bellfort Ave. Houston, TX 77031 


We are looking forward to seeing you at this fundraising reception. 



Donate for SOMA!

soma-70F1-6B1F-1312On Tuesday, May 13th a mining disaster claimed the lives of nearly 300 miners in Soma near western Turkey. According to reports the death toll seems certain to rise, as about 100 people are still missing. The disaster was caused by a fire in the mine. Efforts were made to save the victims, however only around 100 have been rescued.The mine explosion is already being called the deadliest industrial disaster in Turkey's history.

8th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad held at Hobby Center in Houston

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The 8th Annual Turkish Culture and Language Olympiad, organized by Raindrop Foundation, was held at Hobby Center in Houston on Saturday, February 15, 2014.  Over three thousand viewers enjoyed this festive atmosphere where students, parents, teachers and guests enjoyed live performances in different languages including English, Turkish, French and Spanish. The MC of the program was ABC 13’s Vice-President, Community of Community Affairs.

A message from Raindrop Foundation about "The aid campaign for Israel forest fire in 2010"

Statement from the President of Raindrop Foundation regarding the news on the media about our foundation and the past aid campaigns of Raindrop Helping Hands:

Raindrop Turkish Cultural Center is a foundation established based on the laws of the United States. One of its functions is aid campaigns organized through Raindrop Helping Hands. The mission of this institution is to extend a helping hand to disaster victims and the needy without regard to their religion, language, race or ethnicity. For this purpose, we organized aid campaigns for Haiti earthquake, Pakistan flood, Van earthquake, Japan tsunami, New Mexico and Texas forest fires, and Oklahoma and Mississippi flood disasters.

The aid campaign for Israel forest fire that was tweeted about and later appeared on the media was a campaign for helping with the reforestation efforts. The amount of $25,021.20 raised during the campaign was presented to the consul general of Israel at a program we hosted at our cultural center.

As Turkish-Americans, we will feel sensitive and sympathy for anyone in need regardless of their religion, language, race and ethnicity in the United States, a country promoting multiculturalism and dialogue and continue our aid efforts in the future.

Click Here to Read this Message in Turkish

Early Thanksgiving Dinner at Turkish American Community Center in Houston

IMG 0736Raindrop Foundation, Glenshire Community Association and Dialogue Institute Southwest organized Early Thanksgiving Dinner as being a part of citizenship month activities in Houston on Thursday November 21, 2013.The program started with welcoming remarks by the president of Raindrop Foundation, and followed by remarks from the president of Glenshire Community Association David Hughy. Jeremy Brown, from Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis’ office, presented certificate of recognition to Raindrop Foundation, Glenshire Community Association and Dialogue Institute of Southwest. Students from Indo-American, Chinese, and Turkish American Community shared their experience in America.

Citizenship Month is celebrated with a piano recital by Dr. Evren Kutlay at Turkish House.

IMG 0588Citizenship Month is celebrated with a lecture-piano recital by Dr. Evren Kutlay at Raindrop Turkish House in Houston on Friday November 8, 2013. The event is started with a reception at Rumi Lobby in Istanbul Conference Center. Dr. Noel Bezette-Flores welcomed the guests as the co-chair of citizenship month and the director of Center for Public Service & Family Strength.

Lecture-Piano Recital by Turkish Musician and Researcher Dr. Evren Kutlay.

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Raindrop Foundation is celebrating the many faces of Houston with Citizenship Month to Host Lecture-Piano Recital by Turkish Musician and researcher Professor Dr. Evren Kutlay.
European Music during Ottoman Era
Friday, November 8, 2013
7:30 pm.-8:00 pm.  Reception
8:00 pm.-9:30 pm.  Lecture-Recital
by Tuesday November 6, 2013.
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