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Voluntary :: Water Well in Africa #wells4our3winners

Triangle : 03-01-2015

As you know, water is essential to life. And yet, according to the National Academy of Sciences, over 1 billion people around the world do not have access to clean water. Divan Center is hoping to change that for the residents of a town in Kenya where hundreds of families are living without this very basic need.

Our latest fundraising initiative, in partnership with Embrace Relief--a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief around the world--will help build several wells in Kenya, benefiting hundreds of families across the region.

We also would like to honor the victims of the Chapel Hill shootings through this project. The first water well that will be built will be named in memory of Deah, Yusor and Razan to make their legacy permanent and to show that people of North Carolina work together to spread peace in the world.

Help us bring this essential basic human need to the people of Kenya and honor Our Three Winners. Give as little or as much as you can, every dollar counts in the goal to make safe drinking water a reality in this region. There are many ways to donate!

Click here where you can donate directly to our website. You may also go directly to the Embrace Relief website where our project is listed under "NORTH CAROLINA." You can also stop by our center during regular business hours to make a donation in person by check, cash or credit card.

Unable to give money but would still like to help? We are always looking for volunteers to help us get the word out about our initiatives. Please share our donation link on your social media pages to give your friends and family an opportunity to learn about how they can participate in this worthy cause!

For more information on Embrace Relief, or to see how your money will be used to directly benefit those in most need of safe, clean drinking water, click here. #wells4our3winners

Media :: Turkish Film Screening 'My Father and My Son'

Triangle : 02-28-2015

Divan Center hosted a Turkish movie screening: My Father and My Son (Original Name: Babam ve Oglum) on February 28th at 6:30 pm.

My Father and My Son is a 2005 Turkish drama film written and directed by Cağan Irmak about a family torn apart by the 1980 Turkish coup d'etat. The film which went on nation-wide release on November 18, 2005 became one of the highest-grossing Turkish films in history.

Cooking Class :: 3 delicious classic Turkish dishes

Triangle : 02-21-2015

Today we've learned 3 delicious classic Turkish dishes. Eggplant musakka, pilaf and baklava. We worked in parallel to make the dishes in time. We first put the meat in pressure cooker while we started rolling our baklava. Some of our students did a good job rolling it! We add the syrup after cooling and it turned out amazingly crunchy and delicious! Our participants watched carefully how to prepare Eggplant musakka and they said it would be the first time they taste it. Everybody seemed pleased with the result!

Announcement :: Statement on Chapel Hill Shootings

Triangle : 02-11-2015

Divan Center strongly condemns the slaying of the three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, NC. It is heartbreaking to see the loss of young, innocent lives and to see the assault on peace and tolerance we so much cherish in the U.S. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the deceased.