Monthly Archives: September 2014



The Congressionally mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program is administered annually by the Department of State. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides for a class of “diversity immigrants,” from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States.


For fiscal year 2016, 50,000 diversity visas (DVs) will be available. There is no cost to register for the DV program.


Applicants who are selected in the lottery (“selectees”) must meet simple, but strict, eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a diversity visa. Selectees are chosen through a randomized computer drawing. Diversity visas are distributed among six geographic regions and no single country may receive more than seven percent of the available DVs in any one year.


For DV-2016, natives of the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years:


Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (mainland-born), Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam.


Persons born in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, and Taiwan are eligible.


There are no changes in eligibility this year.


Requirement #1: Individuals born in  countries whose natives qualify may be eligible to enter.


If you were not born in an eligible country, there are two other ways you might be able to qualify.


  • Was your spouse born in a country whose natives are eligible? If yes, you can claim your spouse’s country of birth—provided that both you and your spouse are named on the selected entry, are issued diversity visas, and enter the United States simultaneously.


  • Were you born in a country whose natives are ineligible, but in which neither of your parents was born or legally resident at the time of your birth? If yes, you may claim the country of birth


of one of your parents if it is a country whose natives are eligible for the DV-2016 program. For more details on what this means, see the  Frequently Asked Questions.




Requirement #2: Each applicant must meet the education/work experience requirement of the DV program by having either:


  • a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education;



Video:Kenyans In UK Help Father Who Hawks Bananas With Baby Strapped To His Chest


Kenyans in UK lead by Paskarina Wairimu, a nurse in South London have taken the burden to help the father of 3 children who have won the hearts of many people worldwide.

After reading the sad story of Mr. Daniel Ngugi Mwaura (see video above). Paskarina in conjunction, Mr. Seed and many other Kenyans in UK are willing to help the man. Paskarina contacted Daniel to see how he can be helped in long term plan. The man had no bank account nor a pin to help him open an account. Paskarina helped him to secure a pin on Monday 22nd September and then helped him to open account with Equity Bank.

Last week, Paskarina asked Daniel the plan he had in mind in case he gets people to finance him to do business. Daniel explained that he would like to have a shop where he would be working as well as looking after his children without going round with his child. Paskarina had asked him to look for the shop as we work out how to help. Paskarina contact Daniel on Monday morning and Daniel explained that he has found a shop in Githurai 45 on Thika Road where the owner want a rent of KShs. 10,000 and a deposit of the same.

Meanwhile, many people in UK have come up to help. A lady in UK have agreed to be paying for Daniel’s rent, another lady have agreed to buy all the school uniform for the Daniel’s children and other lady have agreed to pay for school fees. Hands up for ladies.

We now want to pay for the shop’s deposit immediately and to stock the shop for Daniel as soon as possible so that he can stop hawking bananas with a child on his back.

What can you afford to give? You can give your contribution in several ways. 1) Deposit directly to Daniel account in Kenya, Equity Bank, Githurai Branch, Account no. 0710162876570, Account name: Daniel Ngugi Mwaura.

2)Through Daniel’s MPESA in Kenya which is 0702842449.

3) Paskarina in UK who have started a campaign to help this man on 07932770824.


Saving an African Icon

On 15th September an iconic bull elephant in Tsavo was saved thanks to the combined efforts of The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Kenya Wildlife Service.


Pan y Amor spreads mission of hope and love with first Family Day


“Hola, mi nombre es Nicolas,” 11-year-old Nicolas Cardenas of St. Joseph Parish in Manchester wrote as he crafted a greeting card at the Pan y Amor Archdiocesan Family Day. Nicolas’ card is one of many that will be sent to children in various countries who are sponsored by the Pan y Amor mission-aid program.

Pan y Amor — which means “bread and love” in Spanish — is a program of the Archdiocesan Mission Office. Through sponsorship donations, Pan y Amor funds programs for children in need in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda.

The Office of Hispanic Ministry, the Office of Laity and Family Life and the Mission Office of the archdiocese collaborated to host the Pan y Amor Family Day at the Cardinal Rigali Center on Sept. 14.

Those in attendance at the Family Day were given a “passport” that they could take to different stations presenting the cultures of Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya and Uganda. After sampling food from a station or playing a game native to the country, the participant received a sticker in his or her passport.

At one station, children and adults had the opportunity to write cards to children living in homes supported by Pan y Amor. Nicolas, who later danced with his mother and sister in the Colombian dancing demonstration, wrote a card in Spanish after playing games at several of the other stations.

Katie Weigermann of Our Lady of the Presentation Parish brought her two daughters, Kayden, age 8, and Amarie, 5, to the Family Day — the two particularly enjoyed playing games at the Bolivian table.

“We came because it’s something new and interesting for the kids to see, and to learn about different cultures,” Weigermann said.

Mission Office staff members Colleen Snead and Connie Henrion were instrumental in organizing the event — they wanted to introduce families of the archdiocese to not only the work of Pan y Amor, but also to the cultures of the children the program supports.

Many of these children are abandoned and homeless, orphaned or severely neglected, but they find refuge, a better life, and a future in homes for children such as the Hogar Carlos de Villegas in La Paz, Bolivia, or the Asociacion Talita Kum in Boyaca, Colombia. These and similar homes provide food, shelter, clothing and a loving and safe environment for children in desperate situations.

Other young people are afforded greater opportunities for education, through initiatives supported by Pan y Amor such as the Eastlands Youth Project in Nairobi, Kenya. The project offers education, job training, counseling and tutoring to young men. Many of these programs could not operate without the support of Pan y Amor.

Later in the afternoon, Maria Yaksic and Oscar Zamora were among those who demonstrated traditional styles of dance from each country. They presented the Bolivian dances of the Cueca and Huayano. The St. Louis International African Catholics presented a traditional African dance. The event concluded with a viewing of “The Forsaken,” a documentary about the work of Pan y Amor; attendees were treated to free Ted Drewes ice cream. The video can be seen at

Msgr. Francis X. Blood, the director of the archdiocesan Mission Office and the Pan y Amor program, has devoted much of his ministry to helping children in need. He served in Cochabamba, Bolivia, from 1988 to 1993 and while there, he volunteered at a home for children, called Nazareth House, playing soccer with the children and helping them with homework.

The Pan y Amor program, and the Family Day that aimed to promote its noble goals, are an extension of Msgr. Blood’s dedication to giving children who have nothing the promise of safety, security and a future.

“It means a lot, because this is one way we can reach out to care for children who cannot take care of themselves,” Msgr. Blood said.



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