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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
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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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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.

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

 

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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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SPONSORED: Mobility That Brings Smile in Nevada – California

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The people of Sierra Nevada in the Northern California Extended Generosity to Kenya by partnering with Optiven Foundation in a forum held by the Faith Tabernacle Church – a multi-ethnic Christian church in west Los Angeles giving a smile to the differently abled persons.

Apostle Joseph Sakuda among other leaders of The Faith Tabernacle Church (http://www.wlafaith.org ) denoted that #MobilityThatBringsSmiles has given smiles to thousands of physically challenged persons in Kenya. He commended the initiative saying it is a positive transformation to the society. The Church donated 10 wheelchairs to the cause.

(Donation videos)

The Chairman and Trustee of the Optiven Foundation Mr. George Wachiuri addressed Kenyans in Nevada and urged them to continue uplifting those differently abled in our valued society.

The Optiven Foundation Campaign dubbed #TheMobilityThatBringsSmiles has been going on targeting thousands of families across 47 counties in Kenya. Some of the counties in Kenya that have benefited from this campaign #MobilityThatBringsSmiles are;

Kajiado County, Oloitoktok https://youtu.be/sOu-nvExXiU

Kisii County, Nyamira https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/113-optiven-foundation-gives-a-smile-in-nyamira

Kiambu County, Githunguri https://youtu.be/hE9ct2LV

Nyeri County, Othaya – https://youtu.be/lUf-GoRwP6I

Nairobi County – https://youtu.be/TThBmY87UfI ,

among many others https://www.optivenfoundation.org/corepillars/promotionofhealth .

Mr. Peter Obwoge 50 , a Kenyan and a father of 5 who lives in Nyamira County, Kenya is one of the beneficiaries of the Optiven Foundation Campaign dubbed #MobilityThatBringsSmiles. Peter though, contracted polio when he was an infant and has been immobile all his life. The tides have now changed for Peter, when Optiven Foundation recently intervened and offered him a free wheelchair, which he is now using to move around and fend for his family. Kisii county, Nyamira – https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/113-optiven-foundation-gives-a-smile-in-nyamira

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.Other partners that have supported this initiative are the entire Optiven staffs who have been donating money to buy wheelchairs.

Mr. James Mugo a staff at Optiven Group was among the many donors who have donated a wheelchair to Optiven Foundation. Mugo who is widely known as (James Ploti) spoke to Optiven Foundation, and had this to say: “You don’t need to have millions to touch a life. I dedicated part of my little salary to be going towards touching the life of the needy. The art of giving is Biblical, give whatever little you have. A life will be inspired with my little donation”. Mugo who is a renowned philanthropist is also one of the staff supporting the Soweto Children Home (https://www.optivenfoundation.org/newsandblogs/99-optiven-foundation-to-unveil-new-home-at-kayole-children-s-home )which is largely supported by the Optiven Foundation. Speaking shortly after receiving the donation, Optiven Foundation Chairman, Mr. George Wachiuri noted that it is such partnerships that are needed to bring smiles to our sisters and brothers who are living with disability. Here is what Mr Mugo had to say on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=415749859257416&set=a.245180596314344&type=3&theater )

During his speech, the Chairman Optiven Foundation explained that the Foundation will be giving new wheelchairs in order to restore the dignity and confidence of the recipients. Mr. George Wachiuri shared his gratitude to the Kenyans in California for this benevolent support of the Foundation’s vision of economically and socially empowering and transforming the valued society. Also commits to remain accountable and match every wheelchair donated because everyone is uplifted by God.

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Creating visible transformation is the objective of this initiative aiming at positively impacts on communities, partners, and all other stake holders through sustainable social-economic programs. The Optiven Foundation, encourages stakeholders from all walks of life to support this initiative in order for us to transform the society, one life at a time and all donations make a difference. If you would like to partner with the Optiven Foundation, please send your generous donation of 150 (USD) contribution to any of the contacts below and together we shall be transforming the society.

Join the transformation movement today by sending your desired support to change and uplift others to:

Mpesa Pay Bill:
Pay bill: 898 630
Account Name: Mobility

Equity Bank Account:
Account Name: Optiven Foundation
Account Number: 1290263495498
Bank: Equity Bank
Branch: Kenyatta Avenue
Swift Code: EQBLKENA
Bank Code: 068

Contacts
Call +718 776 033
Email: info@optivenfoundation.org
Website: www.optivenfoundation.org

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