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VIDEO: Meet Hodgen Mainda, a Kenyan who has landed powerful State appointment in US

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has appointed a Kenyan to serve in his government as the new commissioner of Commerce and Insurance.

The 42-year-old Hodgen Mainda, who first moved to the US in 2008 as a rugby player becomes the first Kenyan to hold such a position in the State of Tennessee, after working in government relations and business development roles in Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.“Mainda joins my cabinet after an outstanding career as a community leader in Chattanooga,” Governor Lee said in an announcement on Thursday.

“He is respected for his ability to build partnerships across multiple sectors and we welcome his leadership to such a multifaceted department like commerce and insurance.”In addition to his work with the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB), where he built partnerships across the state and federal level and increased EPB’s role in regional economic development, Mainda serves on the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor’s Roundtable and the College of Business Advisory Board.

Mainda is also a member of the Leadership Tennessee Class of 2019 and a 2018 graduate of the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Programme.”I am thrilled for the state of Tennessee to have such a wonderful young leader in such a very important role,” said state Rep Robin Smith, the chairman of the House Insurance Committee.

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“Mainda will do a fantastic job based on his history of working on many projects in the Hamilton County area.”Mainda, whose father, Dr Steve Mainda serves as Board chairman, HF Group as well as Continental Reinsurance and a Board member of Shelter Afrique among other finance and insurance companies, is expected to take up his new role in October.He is currently resides in Chattanooga with his wife and two children.

 

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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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