UNSUNG HEROES: Five Reasons Why Kenyans Who Host Diversity Immigrant Visa (Green Card) Winners are Unsung Heroes.

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It is that time of the year when most of us Kenyans living in the United States and in Canada are reminded of the vast differences between our adoptive countries and our biological one. The trees are changing from summer green to vibrant yellow, orange and burgundy colors that signal the change of season from hot, bikini and short shorts to chilly, boots and scarves. Stores and neighborhood are filled with scary skeletony spookiness, while pumpkin spiced latte is the go to drink for Starbucks snobs.

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At the hospital after being diagnosed with latent TB and stage 5 kidney disease.

Let’s Help Singer Get A Kidney Transplant

An Up, Close and Candid Interview with Kenyan Born Gospel Artist, Gerriey Wainaina.

Gerriey Wainaina is a Kenyan born gospel artist in need of a kidney transplant.
Gerriey Wainaina is a Kenyan-born gospel artist living in Seattle, Washington.

African Vines® gets up, close and candid with Gerriey about his life before and after he was diagnosed with a kidney disease, and how we can help him and his family get through one of the most challenging periods of their lives.

In January 2018 Gerriey Wainaina — an award-winning Kenyan gospel artist — went to the doctor for a physical as part of the requirements to be recruited into the United States Armed Forces. A TB (Tuberculosis)  test was one of the many tests he had to take as part of the physicals. What was supposed to be a routine check-up would result in a diagnosis that would put his dreams of joining the Armed Forces on hold, but leave his faith in God unwavering.  Continue reading “Let’s Help Singer Get A Kidney Transplant”

Parenting Abroad: A Kenya-Born Single Mother Shares Her Story

A Chat With Suzie Njoroge, A Kenyan-Born Single Mother, On How She Does it.

Raising children in a country and culture that is different from where you grew up can be challenging; as is the case if you are a Kenyan raising a child in the United States or in Canada. Whereas many people in Kenya can afford a live-in nanny —who in many Kenyan households plays the role of housekeeper, cook, personal shopper and cleaner —here, it is a luxury only reserved for the rich who can afford to pay a nanny, a housekeeper, a cook, a personal shopper, and a cleaner; five different people for the five duties. Moreover, many Kenyans do not have close family members in their adopted countries and if they do, they live in different states —which in some cases, the distance is equivalent to flying from Kenya to South Africa, or from Kenya to Nigeria, or from Kenya to Egypt (Ok, you get the picture). So, all the spouses have is each other to go to work, take children to sports, take children to school or daycare, pick them up, cook, clean, be on call in case of an emergency at their children’s school, among other responsibilities.

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