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BY SAMRACK

The late John Thiongo Thuo, 54,  was laid to rest on Friday August 9 2019 at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell, MA
Thion’o passed on, on July 25, 2019, after a long, hard-fought battle with gallbladder cancer. He was the beloved husband of Lucy Thiongo and father of Marc Brian Thiongo and Ivy Margaret Thiongo, all of Dracut,Massachusetts.

John Thuo Thiongo was born December 23, 1964 in Kenya, he was the son of Simon Kabutu Thuo and Margaret Wanjiru Thuo, brother to James Kabutu, Julia Thuo, Lucy Muchina, Zacharia Thuku, and Joseph Kariuki, all of Kenya.
He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

Friends and Family were received at the Community Christian Fellowship Church, 105 Princeton Blvd., Lowell, on Friday 9 to 10 a.m, followed by his Funeral Service at 10 a.m.

Interment followed shortly at the Westlawn II Cemetery, Lowell.

The solemn event was attended by many close friends and family and one of the late John Thuo Thiongo’s long time Nairobi University classmate and best friend Mr Nelson Waweru, who is now a Professor of Accounting to the School of Administrative Studies, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, at York University,Toronto,Canada.

You have really stood with us and made us stronger. May the good Lord extends your boundaries always in Jesus name. Amen.

The funeral arrangements were entrusted to MORSE-BAYLISS Funeral Home, 122 Princeton Blvd., Lowell. Funeral Director, Frederick W. Healy.

On behalf of the entire family, we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, prayers, time, presence, contribution, and tireless work during this grieving process. You have really stood with us and made us stronger.

On behalf of the entire family, We want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support, prayers, time, presence, contribution, and tireless work during this grieving process.

A special thank you to Rev Captain Josephat Njoroge Vicar St Stephen’s Church Lowell,Massachusetts. Ven Samuel Kimohu,Rev Alice Muchai,the entire St Stephen’s Church Board and Leadership, Masters of Ceremonies Mr Peter Thuo and J.K (Diplomat), Wa Saimo,CCF Lowell,IMANI Church, USHINDI PCEA,PCEA NEEMA,Well of Worship Dracut the entire Kenyan Community and organizations and individuals that offered their prayers, financial and moral support to Lucy Thiongo, Ivy Margaret, Marc Brian Thiongo, Baba and Mama Thiongo.

May the good Lord extends your boundaries always in Jesus name.,May the Lord refresh you just as you have refreshed others. Amen!

“HE LATE JOHN THUO THIONGO, GREW UP AS AN OBEDIENT CHILD WHO USEDD TO HELP HIS PARENTS AND SIBLINGS AT HOME AND IN THE COMMUNITY.

HE WAS BAPTIZED WHEN HE WAS A BABY AND CONFIRMED IN CHURCH WHEN HE WAS OF AGE.
EDUCATION
THE LATE JOHN STARTED SCHOOLING IN KIGANJO IN THE YEAR 1971, AND IN 1972 HE GOT ENROLLED IN TULAGA PRIMARY SCHOOL FROM STANDARD ONE TO SEVEN IN 1979.

HE WENT TO MAGUMU SECONDARY FOR HIS A LEVEL EDUCATION OF FORMS 1 TO 4.

HE ADVANCED FURTHER TO COMPLETE FORMS 5 AND 6 IN KIANYAGA HIGH THEN ADVANCED TO NAIROBI UNIVERSITY WHERE HE RECEIVED HIS BACHELORS AND LATER RETURNED FOR HIS MASTERS DEGREE.

HE THEN CAME TO AMERICA AND ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE TO COMPLETE HIS ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN NURSING TO BECOME AN RN FROM 2001-2003.

LASTLY, HE ENROLLED IN THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, LOWELL FOR HIS MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (MBA), FINANCE AND HUMAN RESOURCES FROM 2005-2007.
MARRIAGE
THE LATE JOHN MET AND LATER MARRIED LUCY KANYI IN 1990, IN CHURCH OF TORCH THOGOTO. THEY HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH TWO CHILDREN, MARCBRIAN THUO AND IVY MARGARET WANJIRU.
EMPLOYMENT
THE LATE JOHN WORKED IN DIFFERENT COMPANIES, LIKE PORTLAND CEMENT, COFFEE RESEARCH FOUNDATION, HENKEL CHEMICALS LIMITED, AND ECOLAB MOMBASA, THEN HE RELOCATED TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN 2001.

IN THE STATES, HE GOT ENROLLED IN A NURSING SCHOOL WHERE HE GOT HIS DEGREE IN NURSING.

HE DID HIS MBA AND UPON GRADUATING HE WENT FOR TRAINING IN NEWTON-WELLESLEY AS AN ADMINISTRATOR-IN-TRAINING FOR KINDRED HEALTHCARE. HE LATER TRANSFERERED TO MAINE TO START HIS NEW JOB AS AN ADMINISTRATOR. OTHER PLACES HE WORKED FOR KINDRED HEALTHCARE WERE AVERY MANOR, HE LATER LEFT KINDRED AND WENT TO WORK FOR GOLDEN LIVING CENTER IN ATTLEBORO UNTIL 2017, WHEN HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GALLBLADDER CANCER.
HOSPITALIZATION
THE LATE JOHN WAS HOSPITALIZED AND TREATED IN DIFFERENT HOSPITALS ; ANGELLES HOSPITAL IN MEXICO,LOWELL GENERAL HOSPITAL MAIN/SAINTS CAMPUS, LAHEY HOSPITAL, DANA FARBER CANCER CENTER, BRIGHAM AND WOMEN’S HOSPITAL, AND MERRIMARCK VALLEY HOSPITAL IN HAVERHILL WHERE HE PASSESD AWAY ON JULY 25, 2019 AT 2AM SURROUNDED BY HIS FAMILY.

PRIOR TO HIS DEATH, HE HAD ACCEPTED JESUS AS HIS PERSONAL SAVIOR. IT WAS GOD WHO GAVE JOHN THIONGO THUO UNTO US AND IT IS HE WHO HAS CALLED HIM BACK HOME. BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD.”

After laying the flowers and photo session,the funeral procession proceeded on for Mercy
 Meal at
 St Stephen’s Church,Lowell,Massachusetts 279 West 6th Street,Lowell,Massachusetts

STORY, PHOTOS AND VIDEO COURTESY OF SAMRAK.COM

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SPONSORED: Optiven Thanks Diaspora Community as Hundreds are offered fully Paid Holiday for a Record 6th Time

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Optiven Group has a vision of economically and socially empowering and Transforming the society. As a follow-up to this vision, hundreds of customers whose majority are from Diaspora were given a treat of the end of year at PrideInn Flamingo Beach Resort – Mombasa.

This offer was for all those who had invested during the promotion of Tujibambe Mombasani where one was to purchase and pay a property from 1.7M and above.

This was right on the heels of the prior campaigns as follows:

👉🏽Tembeza Mpenzi – Amboseli https://youtu.be/gdu935WbGcI

👉🏽Dinner with a LION – Maasai Mara https://youtu.be/9PKv6ljLAho

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 3 https://youtu.be/a8hper39wj0

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 2 https://youtu.be/ZdvPaEU8EY8

👉🏽Lipa CashTwende Mombasa SEASON 1 https://youtu.be/V80a-jaFZlk

Optiven is happy to bring these great customers together to network. Know each other & build a strong community

We now look forward to rewarding hundreds of customers who are catching up with our current campaign TAJIRIKA NA OPTIVEN APP campaign.

This campaign rewards customers who purchase land through the Optiven App. It also rewards those who refer others through the App. It is a win win as all parties benefit. This is actually giving every Kenyan globally to have a piece of Optiven.

👉🏽Tajirika Na Optiven App – https://youtu.be/2TGPRXffI28

Join the Optiven family today and keep enjoying our Philanthropic offers and give aways from time to time.

Call us/ WhatsApp us on: +254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke

 

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I just turned 40…I came to the US when I was 20; What Have I Learned?

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BY JANE MUKAMI

It has been 20 years since I arrived in the U.S. from Kenyan – where did time go? I was 20 years old when I got to Atlanta with no idea how life would unfold. Now at 40 years old, What have I learned?

  1. The land of milk and honey does provide opportunities for success but nothing is handed to you…you gotta milk the cow AKA work hard for the milk and honey. My 1st job was a cashier at Wendy’s making $5.50 [500/=] an hour, but that was just the beginning #StartWhereYouAre #StartWithWhatYouHave.
  2. Success is relative and should be defined by you and not by society. My definition of success is being happy doing what I love while experiencing freedom – debt freedom, financial freedom and location freedom – ability to serve my clients/work from anywhere in the world #DefineYourSuccess.
  3. Success requires continued learning/education, breaking away from doing the same ol’ things, with the ol’ same people. Growth comes from finding new circles, friends, hiring coaches/mentors, people who inspire + push you to become who you were created to be. It’s ok to be a small fish in a big pond. It gives you room to grow into a whale #LevelUp.
  4. Life’s too short to sweat the small stuff – have fun, laugh, enjoy your journey, protect your space by decreasing negativity, drama, toxic friendships or relationships that do not serve you. Do not worry about what others think or say about you. Focus on you, be intentional about what you want and make it happen – mute all else #GoGet #NoExcuses #StayHungry #StayHumble

Read more about my “Coming to America” story on my website.

Atlanta has been good to me…do I qualify for the title #GeorgiaPeach Even though I don’t like sweet tea, fried chicken, pork rinds, biscuits and gravy, grits, waffles and fried chicken…I’m I the only one still very confused by the words chicken fried steak…?? 🤣🤣

Funny enough, I feel as though the past 20 years were simply a rehearsal, a warm up, a preparation of sorts – my life is just now beginning #selfactualized I’m excited….its #GoTime.  Cheers to 20 more 🥂🥂🇱🇷

 

 

 

 

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Excitement as two young Kenyans get Visas to come study in US through ‘Airlift Program’

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BY BOB MWITI

On November 25th, I woke up to some awesome news in the middle of the night!..I couldn’t sleep anymore!😆😆😆

Congratulations to our 2 Kenya Airlift Program beneficiaries, who just got their US student visas approved! Elosy will be joining University Of South Florida In January 2020, for a Master’s degree in Business Analytics & Information Systems. Neils will be joining Illinois State University In January 2020, for a Master’s degree in Information Systems. We are slowly building a movement of brilliant young Kenyans here in America! Dmk Kiogora..Thank you bro for making this dream a reality! It’s God’s Doing!🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

To learn more about the program, please download the handbook from the “study in USA” page of our website at www.appstecamerica.com

They say, where there is a will there is a way, and this saying is slowly manifesting itself in one of the most ambitious projects for Kenya’s Diaspora since the Tom Mboya days.

Appstec America, A US-based, Kenyan-owned company, whose founder Bob Mwiti was recognized by African Warrior Magazine in 2018, as one of the 40 most inspiring men in the
diaspora in 2018, has embarked on an ambitious project of airlifting brilliant young Kenyans to study IT-related master’s degrees in some of the top universities in America through its study in
USA flagship program, The Kenya Airlift Program.

Neils and Elosy. PHOTO|COURTESY

In partnership with ABEDS, a Sacco formed by MCA DMK Kiogora of Abogeta West, specifically for the purpose of financing the program, Appstec & ABEDS have so far successfully succeeded in securing visas for 3 beneficiaries to top American Universities (one inAugust this year and 2 others joining school in January 2020). The latter 2 just received their visas, which was proudly shared by Bob & DMK on social media. More other beneficiaries of the program are currently preparing for their entrance exam known as Graduate Management
Admissions Test (GMAT).

Hon DMK was recently recognized for his work in the airlifting program by being awarded the Utumishi Bora Award of 2019. This young energetic leader from Meru County, who is a former University of Nairobi student leader, is transforming his ward and has been hailed as one of the best performing MCAs in the Country.

Bob, who is a former international student faced the many challenges that a lot of African students face in America once they graduate. Challenges to do with good Jobs and long-term  work visa and permanent residency. After he graduated from college in the US, he was not able to secure a job with his MBA and as a result he decided to pursue a career in IT where he trained as a consultant as was immediately able to get a Job as a Systems Analyst working for fortune 500 companies. A job which came with employment-based greencard.

 

Airlifting Program Building Strong Movement of Young Kenyans In AmericaA Kenyan-Owed US based Company Is Slowly Building A Movement Of Brilliant Young Kenyans In America Through Its’ Airlifting Program.

The Kenya Airlift program is trying to solve the challenges that African students like Bob face all the time. Challenge to do with finances for tuition and living expenses which a lot of African

students face and drop out of student immigration status, challenge of getting well-paying Jobs and the challenge of getting post-graduation legal working papers and permanent residency
through employment.

Through the Airlifting program, beneficiaries are able to get unsecured international student loans from a US based lender to the tune of up to USD 50,000, they are also able to get
graduate assistantship scholarships worth thousands of dollars and are also able get relocation expenses loans from ABEDS Sacco of up to USD 6,000.

 

The beneficiaries also get FREE training from Appstec America on the IT skills that are highly needed in the US tech industry. This training is offered on the side, as the beneficiaries pursue
their master’s program so that by the time they graduate, they have the Job skills needed. The training is offered in the areas of Oracle and Robotics Process Automation, which are some
the hottest technologies in the tech Industry today.

Appstec America also intends to help the beneficiaries with Job placement in IT projects in America once they graduate from college. Jobs which will help them repay the loans and also
get work immigration papers and permanent residency through employment.

The program is open to all Kenyans. To learn more about the program, you can download the program handbook from the study in USA page of www.appstecamerica.com.
If you have any questions, you can send an email to scholars@appstecamerica.com or call +1 813-573-5619 ext 402.

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