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Kenyan woman who came to Atlanta for medical attention passes away, family appeals for financial help

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It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Judith Agono. Wife to William Akoo Agono. Mother to Dan and Joyce Akoo (Savannah, Georgia) and Corazon Amol and Kennedy Okomo (Marietta, Georgia), among others in Kenya.
Family, friends and well wishers are meeting daily from 7.00 pm to 9.00 pm at Kennedy and Corazon’s residence at: 875 Franklin Gateway SE apartment 1434 Marietta GA 30067.
Gate code 333 and 428

The Fundraiser and Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, September 22nd at 3.00 pm.

Address:

Believers Celebration Center
1492 Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30062

Contributions towards funeral expenses can be sent to:

Mary Wambugu CashApp *678-394-2361
$judithsfund

Omondi Innocent Cashapp
*404-992-0582
$judithsfund

Bank of America
334061600938
Account Name: Corazon Amol Akoo

Contact Information

Alingo : 678-768-0641
Pauline: 678-886-9714

https://www.gofundme.com/f/hospitalfuneral-expenses-for-my-mum-judith-agono?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

May her soul rest in ETERNAL PEACE.

 

Background information

Mama was diagnosed with gastric cancer in November of 2016 and managed to come to America on 11/17/2017 in search of better treatment. With the help of friends, we managed to go through some of the most difficult times of this journey because a lot of people came out to support us.

When she came and tests were run, she was only given 6 months to live but mama as a strong believer overcame the odds and had been fighting fiercely with chemotherapy and radiation treatments since then. She responded very well to the surprise of all her doctors and each time we went for follow up we received positive news which gave her strength to fight on.

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Since it was a routine for them to do check-ups from time to time, when they did a CT scan this January, they noticed the tumors growing which made them change gears to their mode of treatment making them even more aggressive. Mama being a fighter battled even further until recently when they told us they don’t see the cells responding to treatment like they previously did. They deliberated and wanted to try harder but her condition changed drastically.

They ran some tests and noticed cancer had now greatly metastasized to her liver as well as the lymph nodes. The cells in the stomach had also greatly multiplied thus causing her a lot of complications. The tumors in the stomach actually started bleeding and when the doctors tried to clip them to stop the bleeding, she bled even more.

This made her very weak and not fit to travel.
Doctors advised that with the numbers they were looking at, there was nothing they could do as doctors at that point. The cancer cells were growing aggressively and had outsmarted the treatment. So as sad as it was we took mum to hospice knowing we did not have much time but she was too weak to travel.

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We had thought of taking her back home but her condition did not allow.
         Mama, therefore, passed on Sunday 09/08/2019. We are happy that mama got time to spend time with us and even help us with the kids as I struggled through nursing school. She became very close to my friends that she got an opportunity to meet and even called them her children.

She also got time during her stay here to visit with my brother in Savannah in December last year and spent quality time with his family there. She has been a great pillar to us, always offering her wisdom and great support even to the extended family. Back in Kenya Mama served greatly in the Anglican Church as a chair and treasurer in different positions both in the local church and even at the deanery level. She was a strong believer who believed in the virtue of Service and gave herself wholeheartedly in matters involving the church.

         Mama’s journey had its ups and downs but we saw great strength and faith in her through it all. We thank God for the time we shared with her as those are priceless moments that will forever remain embedded in our memories. We as a family are requesting for help to take mum back home for her final rest because we know this is a journey we can not walk alone. Any assistance accorded will be much appreciated.

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USCIS Announces Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Opportunities

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it is accepting applications for two funding opportunities under the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program that will provide up to $10 million in grants for citizenship preparation programs in communities across the country.

These competitive grant opportunities are open to organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics.

USCIS seeks to expand availability of high-quality citizenship and assimilation services throughout the country with these two grant opportunities:

  • Citizenship Instruction and Naturalization Application Services. (PDF) This grant opportunity will fund up to 36 organizations that offer both citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to lawful permanent residents. Applications are due by Aug. 13, 2019.
  • The Refugee and Asylee Assimilation Program. (PDF) This grant opportunity will fund up to four organizations to provide individualized services to lawful permanent residents who entered the United States under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program or were granted asylum. These services will help them to obtain the skills and knowledge required for successful citizenship and to foster a sense of belonging and attachment to the United States. This grant strives to promote long-term civic assimilation of those lawful permanent residents who have identified naturalization as a goal, yet may need additional information, instruction and services to attain it. Applications are due by Aug. 13, 2019.
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USCIS will take into account various program and organizational factors, including past grantee performance, when making final award decisions. In addition, all funded grant recipients must enroll in E-Verify as a regular employer within 30 days of receiving the award and remain as a participant in good standing with E-Verify throughout the entire period of grant performance. Funded grant recipients will be required to verify all new hires at hiring locations performing work on a program or activity that is funded in whole or in part under the grant.

USCIS expects to announce award recipients in September.

Since it began in 2009, the USCIS Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program has awarded approximately $82 million through 393 grants to immigrant-serving organizations in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

To apply for one of these funding opportunities, visit grants.gov. For additional information on the Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program for fiscal year 2019, visit uscis.gov/grants or email the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov.

For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook (/uscis).

 

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US welcomed 756,000 new Citizens last year, set to welcome 34,000 this month

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WASHINGTON—Did you know that more than 756,000 people became new U.S. citizens in 2018? That’s one new citizen every 42 seconds! Share in the celebration during Constitution Week.

USCIS announced Friday that it will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by welcoming nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens during 316 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between Sept. 13 and 23.

The USCIS Constitution Week activities will feature a naturalization ceremony at the DAR Constitution Hall on Sept. 17, where USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli will administer the Oath of Allegiance and provide congratulatory remarks to 1,000 new U.S. citizens. View a list of other notable 2019 Constitution Week-themed naturalization ceremonies.

“Two hundred and thirty-two years ago, our great country adopted the United States Constitution, and as we celebrate Constitution Week, it is important to underscore the significance of citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution,” said Acting Director Cuccinelli. “These nearly 34,300 new U.S. citizens followed the law on their path to naturalization and now call the U.S. home. I can think of no better way to celebrate Constitution Week than to welcome thousands of new U.S. citizens who have assimilated, made a commitment to our great country, and have vowed to support the Constitution.”

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On Sept. 17, the nation observes Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, as part of Constitution Week (Sept. 17 to 23 this year). The commemoration honors both the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and an observance that began in 1940 as “I Am an American Day.” Citizenship Day began in 1952, based on a law signed by President Harry Truman, and in 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week.

This time of year serves as an opportunity to celebrate the connection between the Constitution and citizenship and reflect on the meaning of becoming a citizen of the United States. USCIS welcomes approximately 650,000 to 750,000 citizens each year during naturalization ceremonies across the United States and around the world. In fiscal year 2018, USCIS naturalized more than 756,000 people, a five-year high in new oaths of citizenship.

To help applicants prepare to become U.S. citizens, USCIS provides study materials and resources available through the Citizenship Resource Center. In addition, the only official USCIS Civics Test application, USCIS: Civics Test Study Tools, is a mobile app that challenges users’ civic knowledge and is currently available for download in the Google Play and iTunes stores.

Following each naturalization ceremony, USCIS encourages new U.S. citizens and their families and friends to share their naturalization photos on social media using the hashtags #newUScitizen, #ConstitutionWeek, and #WethePeople.

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For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow them on Twitter (@uscis), Instagram (/uscis), YouTube (/uscis), Facebook (/uscis), and LinkedIn (/uscis).

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SAD: Kenyan woman passes away in Seattle, Washington

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It is with deep sorrow and heavy hearts that we announce the untimely demise of Alice Nyambura Mbatia of Seattle, Washington which happened early hours of Friday August 9th 2019.

Alice was the daughter to Eliud Kibebo Mbatia and Grace Mugure Mbatia of Nakuru ( Kenya), sister to Eunice Mbatia ( Washington), Agnes Mbatia ( Washington), Nikita Mbatia ( Nebraska), Faith Mbatia (Nebraska) and Francis Mbatia (Kenya).

She was sister in-law to Pst. Obadiah Kamau ( Washington), Patrick Njenga  ( Washington), Jamleck Muja Maina ( Nebraska) and Gichuki Kenyatta of Nebraska.

Family and friends will be meeting daily from 7pm at the Tabernacle Temple of Praise, located at 2025 S 341st Pl, Federal Way, WA 98003.

A fundraiser towards funeral costs will be held on Sunday, August 18 at 6:00 PM at Fire flow Ministries International 3900 E Valley Rd, Renton, WA,98057.
Funeral service will be on Wednesday, August 21st from 10 am at Christian Faith Center, located at 33645 20th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003
We thank the Almighty God for your prayers, presence and support during this difficult time.

Cash App donations can be sent to
Patrick Munyua:425 984 4258

Contact persons:
Pst. J. Kahora (425) 633-6335
Mike Njenga (206) 551-2735
James Gatata (425) 772-2066
Jamlick Maina (402) 405-9198

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