Land of the free and the home of the brave
Whether you are new to the US or planning to migrate to the US in the near future, you will need resources to help you navigate the maze of starting fresh in a new country. The purpose of this packet is to provide valuable information about settling in the US. This packet contains an assortment of information and resources that are crucial to a person’s successful settlement in the US as a new immigrant. The packet was created as a collective effort by members of KWITU Inc., to help future immigrants avoid struggles and afflictions experienced by most Kenyans immigrants in the US due to lack of proper guidance.
Karibu Marekani is an initiative of KWITU Inc.
KWITU, Inc. is a non-governmental organization established in 2015 to connect, empower and support the Kenyan Women Living in the USA and Canada.
KWITU, Inc. provides opportunities for Kenyan women in the USA to connect via social media platforms, workshops, networking meetups, cultural events, community enrichment programs and annual grand reunions. We have created a safe environment for women to discuss issues that affect the Kenyan women in the USA, and Kenya.
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This section includes facts on food, language, etiquette and other cultural things you need to know about the U.S.
Remember that this is a guideline and does not include everything you will encounter.
Fun Facts About Food
Notice the difference? If placing an order at the restaurant, you might want to recondition your mind to accept the new way of describing certain foods that you are used to
British and American English often spell the same word differently. In order for people to understand you, you might want to start learning and practicing some American Vocabulary.
There are also many cases in which the two varieties of English use different terms to describe the same thing. Here’s a list of various British words and expressions together with their American equivalents.
Clothes & Accessories
Learn some basic vocabulary for clothes and some common accessories. For instance instead of ‘spectacles’ the American word will be ‘glasses’.
It’s the case of going to Rome and doing what the Romans do.
Please Note: All websites with a .org at the end are non-profit organizations and all websites with a .gov at the end are government websites.
Review information provided online using any of the links below.
The U.S. has four seasons in most states. Learn more at https://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/aboutseasons.html or http://www.weather.gov/
This link will have information on the types of food you can bring to the US. Review online at https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/1272/~/food—general-food
Please educate yourself on when you can call 911. Misuse of 911 can lead to trouble with the law. Review online at https://www.911.gov/using911appropriately.html
You will need to apply for a social security number at the local social security administration. Review requirements online at https://www.ssa.gov/
Do a google search for your state using key words Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Driver Services. Please note ALL department of driver services websites end with .GOV
Educate yourself by reviewing important information about credit in the US provided by the Federal Trade Commission online. In addition to the Federal Trade Commission, the following links have important information various topics tied to finances. From Retirement planning, Life Insurance, Home Ownership etc. Educate yourself and make sound judgement.
World Evaluation Systems (WES)- provides credential evaluations for international students and immigrants planning to study or work in the U.S. and Canada
For business ideas and resources on entrepreneurship, access information online at https://www.uschamber.com/about-us/about-the-us-chamber
Reach out to community outreach programs like Catholic Charities for assistance. You can search for one close to your area by entering the zip code you live in.
- Federal and State Child Care Programs- 1-800-424-2246 or online at http://childcareaware.org/families/paying-for-child-care/federal-state-child-care-programs/
- Child Care and Development Fund- This is a government funded program for low income families. Read about it and see if you qualify online at https://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/615
- Head Start Programs- Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. Additional information can be found online at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ohs
Find information about services provided by the government for free or low cost online at https://www.hhs.gov/programs/index.html