To all Kenyan Men, in the diaspora, 254 Kemen is your home away from home. There is no doubt that it can get immensely difficult for one to adjust to the unique culture of the US. Try Getting a Secured Card If you just moved here for work or school, you want to make sure you’re financially stable. One important aspect of financial stability is having credit. Your U.S. credit score will affect many of your endeavors, including renting, purchasing insurance, and finding a job.Be part of Kenyan Men Empowerment Network and we will help you settle in comfortably and be part of a community. KEMEN community is us, for us and about us, so lets KEMEN – let’s *Talk About Us, Communicate with Us, Know Us. Since being part of that’s how I feel. I am meeting a friend and getting to know and understand men, me, us. So lets KEMENLearn about US culture You need to take the responsibility of learning and understanding the dynamics of the culture around here. A good way to do this is by using the internet and trying to familiarize yourself with environments that showcase what the culture of the US is like. it’s not so different It is highly probable that you were already exposed to facets of US culture even before you moved here but adjusting isn’t as difficult as it seems.
For emergencies call 911
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
Money and Credit
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 on various topics tied to finances. From Retirement Planning, Life Insurance, Home Ownership, etc. Educate yourself and make a sound judgment.
U.S. Currency Education Program
Banking in the U.S.
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/
Department of Health and Human Services
Find information about services provided by the government for free or low cost online at https://www.hhs.gov/programs/index.html
Social Security Administration
You will need to apply for a social security number at the local social security administration. Review requirements online at https://www.ssa.gov/
Department of Motor Vehicles
Do a google search for your state using keywords Department of Motor Vehicles or Department of Driver Services. Please note ALL department of driver services websites end with.GOV
World Evaluation Systems (WES)- provides credential evaluations for international students and immigrants planning to study or work in the U.S. and Canada https://www.wes.org/
Credit Reference Bureaus in Kenya
Education Financial Aid
BUSINESS IDEAS AND RESOURCES
For business ideas and resources on entrepreneurship, access information online at https://www.uschamber.com/about-us/about-the-us-chamber
- 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
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.