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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kenyan woman in US who was sexually assaulted found by family after 7 years

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A Kenyan woman who last year told Jacksonville, Florida police that she was sexually assaulted outside the First Baptist Church in the downtown area has been traced after her worried family said she hadn’t been in touch for a whole seven years.

The family of Beatrice Adhiambo Olwal Aka Betty Olual was last in touch with her in October 2013 by phone.  Since then, they had tried unsuccessfully to get in touch with her until an article dated 2 August 2019 showed up on google search, indicating that she had been sexually assaulted.

On Friday, sources told Kenya Satellite News Network that they were finally able to trace her.

According to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, the woman told police on July 23 2019 that she was dropped off by a taxi near a bus station and was walking along the sidewalk by the church when she was approached from behind by a man on a black mountain bike.

According to the report, around 1:30 a.m., the woman said the man dropped his bike, walked up to her, held her at gunpoint and sexually assaulted her. He then left the area on his bike.

Local news outlets reported that she had told the police that she walked to a nearby hospital and checked in at about 2:38 a.m., where she told staff what happened. Officers noted in the report the man went by the name Derek.

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“Officers went to the scene and found a wristband on the sidewalk next to the church,” noted a police report.

A statement from First Baptist Church reads in part:

“Our church is locked and secured at night, and we have security present during our work hours. We work with JSO to provide a safe place for worshipers. We are grieved by such horrendous acts of violence.”

Betty used to frequent the area.

“What happened is unnerving. I stay near the church because I feel  secure there,”  she is quoted as telling a local station, who described her as homeless.

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Kenyans in US Can fly home – except from these states even as Covid situation gets worse nationally

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Kenya’s Ministry of Transport on Friday cleared seven more countries for resumption of international flights to Kenya scheduled to commence on Saturday, 1st of August.

The seven are United States of America (except for California, Florida and Texas), United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Quarter, United Arab Emirates and Italy.

The list of countries identified and announced on Thursday from which travelers will be exempt from quarantine include China, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Zimbabwe Ethiopia, Switzerland, Rwanda, Uganda, Namibia and Morocco.

In a statement Friday, Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said review of countries from which travelers will not be required to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry of Health on day to day basis and then the Ministry will then advise the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Urban Development and Housing for further action.

He noted that the risk profile of any country could change and therefore the status with regard to the clarifications and directives could also change.

” We wish to emphasize and reiterate that from 1st August 2020 Kenyan Airspace will be open to authorised airlines and travelers. The issue is only whether the travelers will be required to quarantine upon arrival in Kenya due to the risk evaluation of respective countries. Those required to quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at their home subject to prevailing guidelines.” He said

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The Ministry of Transport with the relevant stakeholders have prepared a Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and international flights.

The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.

The Protocol has therefore confirmed that:-

  1. All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be exempt from quarantine.
  2. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country;
  3. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their hotels and/or residences;
  4. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the Airport to drop or pick up passengers;
  5. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their departure airport;
  6. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers regarding application of the preventive measures on board;
  7. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew members will make constant on-board announcements reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin recirculation air filters will be put in place; and
  8. Working jointly with Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.
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Meanwhile, Air France and KLM will on Saturday resume passenger flights to Kenya.

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Passengers can now fly Air France and KLM from Nairobi to Paris and Amsterdam with the possibility of transfer to other European and North Atlantic destinations.

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Air France – KLM Commercial Director for Eastern Africa Steven Van Wijk, says the flights to and from Nairobi will be operated in strict compliance with local and international health protocols and will adhere to the highest standards of health and hygiene.

KLM and Air France have taken various measures before and after boarding at Schiphol and Charles de Gaulle airports

“We wish to assure all our customers that we have taken precautionary measures to ensure that we conduct our operations safely, comfortably and responsibly. The safety of our passengers and crew will always be our top priority and this is why we have taken all necessary measures in accordance with WHO guidelines,” said Steven.

Passengers are however advised to familiarize themselves with applicable travel restrictions that vary from country to country and may be subject to change prior to booking. In particular, they need to be aware of the entry and residency rules for the destination countries as these are likely to have changed with the evolving global health situation.

The resumption of flights by Air France and KLM will further boost Kenya’s economic recovery efforts and especially the tourism and horticulture sectors which are dependent on air connectivity to key markets in Europe, US and other parts of the world.

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Full Statement fro Ministry of Transport:

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE, HOUSING, URBAN
DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS
COMMUNIQUE ON THE RESUMPTION OF INTERNATIONAL AIR
TRAVEL ON 1ST AUGUST 2020
His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kenya directed that
International Air Travel would resume on 1st August, 2020 and
instructed the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban
Development and Public Works to develop a Protocol to ensure the
safety of travellers.
The Ministry in consultation with relevant stakeholders prepared a
Protocol for Air Travel Operations during the Covid-19 Public Health
Crisis. The protocol seeks to provide guidelines to ensure that air
travel remains safe during the pandemic for domestic and
international flights.
The Protocol recognizes that the adverse impacts of the COVID-19
pandemic have been experienced in most sectors of the economy and
the aviation industry is amongst the worst impacted.
The Protocol has therefore confirmed that:-
1. All arriving passengers on international flights whose body
temperature is NOT above 37.5° C (99.5°F); do NOT have a
persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like
symptoms; have negative PCR based COVID – 19 test carried out
within 96 hours before travel and are from countries considered
low to medium risk COVID – 19 transmission areas shall be
exempt from quarantine.
List of countries identified and announce yesterday from which
travelers will be exempt from quarantine include:
• Canada
• South Korea
• Namibia
• Uganda
• China
• Rwanda
• Morocco
• Japan
• Zimbabwe
• Ethiopia
• Switzerland
Additional countries identified today following further review
and Consultation between the Cabinet Secretaries
responsible for Transport, Health and Tourism:
• The United States of America (except for California, Florida
and Texas;
• United Kingdom
• France
• Netherlands
• Quarter
• United Arab Emirates
• Italy
Review of countries from which travelers will not be required
to be quarantined upon arrival will be undertaken by Ministry
of Health on day to day basis. The Ministry will then advise
the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Urban Development
and Housing for further action.
The risk profile of any country could change and therefore the
status with regard to these clarifications and directives could
also change.
We wish to emphasize and reiterate that from 1st August 2020
Kenyan Airspace will be open to authorised airlines and
travelers. The issue is only whether the travelers will be
required to quarantine upon arrival in Kenya due to the risk
evaluation of respective countries. Those required to
quarantine will do so at Government designated facility or at
their home subject to prevailing guidelines.
2. For those passengers traveling out of the country, they will be
required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19
related requirements of the destination country;
3. Passengers arriving on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air
Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their
hotels and/or residences;
4. Drivers should have evidence that they have come from the
Airport to drop or pick up passengers;
5. Passengers departing on flights after the curfew, with a valid Air
Ticket and Boarding Pass shall be allowed to proceed to their
departure airport;
6. Air Operators shall provide guidance material to passengers
regarding application of the preventive measures on board;
7. Where physical distancing cannot be guaranteed because of the
seat configuration or other operational constraints, the crew
members will make constant on-board announcements
reminding passengers to adhere at all times to all the other
preventive measures including strict hand hygiene and
respiratory etiquette and should wear a surgical face mask. In
addition and in such cases other measures such as cabin
recirculation air filters will be put in place; and
8. Working jointly with Airports Authority and Kenya Civil Aviation,
the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban
Development and Public Works is reviewing frequency and
timing of flights to facilitate physical distancing at the Airports.
James W. Macharia, EGH
CABINET SECRETARY

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The 10 steps of the process of relocating to USA as a student

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BY BOB MWITI,

It took me a massive 8 years to finally make it to America as an international student.When I started the journey, I had no idea of what the process entailed, and it is because of that lack of information that it took me a very long time to make it here because of the mistakes that I made on the way.

A lot of prospective international students, reach out to me often seeking advice on how to go about this process.Most feel lost and it is for this reason I discussed the steps of the process of relocating to USA as a student on my Success With Bob Mwiti  Show.

Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for most informative content about studying, living and working in USA.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME!

I am a former international student in USA and I am a senior IT consultant in the areas of Oracle EBS Financials and Robotics Process Automation (RPA) here in USA.

I am the programs director of Appstec America – A consulting company based in Tampa, Florida, USA.

I’ve been blessed to have learned a lot in my career as an IT consultant. My life has truly changed, and I’ve made it my mission to give back and serve others beyond myself.

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Whether that be helping you to relocate to USA as an international student, train you as an IT consultant, help you start and build your own online business, creating your financial freedom, motivating you to pursue your goals and dreams, to being more productive, to inspiring you to constantly improve yourself.

My mission is to get you to wake up to the unlimited potential within you and achieve what you’re truly capable of through my various self-development training programs.

On the internet, I openly and passionately share my life experiences and all of the very best concepts, strategies, tools, and resources that I continue to discover that have made a measurable difference to my life, and will do for you as well.

Keep your dream alive and never give up!

To learn about my company’s amazing programs, please go to;

www.appstecamerica.com or www.successwithbobmwiti.com

Contact Me At;
success@successwithbobmwiti.com
info@appstecamerica.com
+1 813-573-5619 ext 402

 

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