Wednesday, 13 February 2019 02:22

TaWichita Update January 2019

The holiday season is over and most of us, if not all, are back to normal schedules again. It has been a
while since you last heard from your leadership. This is not normal, and we apologize. However, we
thought we should give everyone time to cool off after the end-of-year holidays and the January
hardships. So please, welcome back to the reality again!
On December 9th, 2018, among other things, we talked about getting the website back up, and giving
you info on membership fee for 2019. We are now pleased to inform you of the following:
1. The Website is now back up and running. In fact, you may read this message on the website.
2. Membership fee for 2019:
2.1. Fees are the same as last year: $60 for single and $100 for family. Payment period is normally
January to March. Kindly, we advise you to pay your membership fee before end of March
2.2. You can pay your membership fee in on of the five ways outlined below.
2.2.1.Cash. Hand it to any Tawichita Leader and get a receipt.
2.2.2.Check. Hand it to any Tawichita Leader and get a receipt, or mail it to Tawichita, P.O. Box
782142, Wichita, KS Zip 67278. You will get a receipt too.
2.2.3.CashApp to our Treasurer.
2.2.4.PayPal: Go to Click on “RESOURCES”, choose “Membership
Join/Renew”. Choose the amount and click on “Pay Now” It will open up a PayPal page.
Login with your credentials and finalize the payment. If you do not have a PayPal account,
click on “Pay with Debit or Credit Card” link at the bottom, and proceed to make your
2.2.5.Direct deposite to Tawichita Bank Account. Meritrust Credit Union, Account Number
account name: Tanzania Association of Wichita

3. Bank balance. We inherited some amount from the old leadership. We want to make this open to all
members, but since this message is going to be on the website, we will post this on WhatsApp group
later on.
4. Our mega plan: We are planning to work on two things next month. We will need your help on both.
If we reach out to you, please, try to help where and when you can. We believe that if everyone of
you take a small responsibility, we will achieve big results as an organization. So very much rely on
your contribution. The two things that we will focus on in February are:
4.1. Recruiting new members: We need to reach out the old and prospective members and work
with them towards becoming full and active members. Volunteers will be much appreciated.
4.2. Building a list of Tawichita events and an annual timetable: We need to populate a list of events
and schedule them for the whole year. This may need a permanent committee, so we ask you
to volunteer to work on this committee.
5. General meeting: We are planning to hold a general meeting as soon as the cold weather dies out.
Please, start giving out ideas on the agenda, style of the meeting, etc. We are open to ideas. It is
your meeting, so feel free to shape it in any way.

Monday, 29 January 2018 20:59

TaWichita 2019 Membership Featured


Membership Fee for a single person is $60 per year and $100 for a family per year.
 All fees are due on March 1st. 
To avoid penalties please make your payment before March 1st.
You can pay your membership fee by:
1. Cash or Check directly to any TaWichita leader
2. PayPal
3. Bank deposit. (any branch of Meritrust Bank)


Friday, 06 October 2017 01:38

TaWichita Watoto Day 2017


TaWichita Watoto Day 2017

Effective October 5, 2016, USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years. Applicants with pending asylum claims file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization under category (c)(8). This change applies to all (c)(8)-based applications that are pending as of October 5, 2016 and all such applications filed on or after October 5, 2016.

More information Go to USCIS

Saturday, 28 May 2016 23:39

TaWichita Watoto Day June 12, 2016. 3PM - 9PM Featured


TaWichita Watoto Day 2016
Dear All,

We have been notified by one our networks that, there is a new funding opportunity with a fast approaching deadline – the Carnegie Corporation  is supporting African diasporans to travel back to Africa for short periods for capacity building at African Universities. The information is below, but in a nutshell, it provides funding for African-born scholars (from all disciplines) based in North America to visit Africa for a period of 2 weeks to one semester to engage in joint curriculum development, research collaboration and/or graduate student training and mentoring in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. This is the first round of competitions and the applications are due March 17, 2014!  

PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY TO YOUR AFRICAN-RELATED NETWORKS AND HELP GET THE WORD OUT! It’s the hope of the organizers that there will be a very healthy representation of scientists among the first cohort - the first round of any competition can help shape it, and demonstrate the demand!

Related Documents:

In a related effort, please also note that the Department of State works with AAAS and the National Academies in a partnership called NODES – Networks of Diasporas in Engineering and Science.  The website for this partnership ( has many resources and groups – alas in its new website design, AAAS now requires that you dig around – but there are treasures under the Events/Resources/Groups/About tabs. The Deputy Secretary of State recently authored an article of the Potential of Science Diasporas (

Let me know if you will have any question,

With Kind Regards,

Dr. Ndaga Mwakabuta,
DICOTA President.

African-inspired patterns took the Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear runways by storm. Collections by designers like Dries Van Noten, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Diane von Furstenberg were full of vibrant color and zingy prints in off-the-moment silhouettes.

Months later, it’s now commonplace for magazine spreads and blogs to feature the eclectic patterns across their glossy pages and web browsers. It’s suddenly “trendy.”

Undoubtedly the bold textiles and designs deserve the spotlight. In fact, it’s been long overdue. Lines like Boxing Kitten and Nkwo are finally getting the shine they deserve.

    But why did we have to wait for White pioneers in fashion to give us the ‘ok’?

These prints have long been a part of our history, so what gives? Years ago if you walked the streets cloaked in Kente cloth, you’d be dismissively labeled ‘afro-centric’ or ‘outdated.’

No matter what the next season’s trends, we hope folks will continue to embrace the radiant fabrics and the even more colorful culture that comes with them.

Friday, 21 February 2014 20:24

Green Card Featured

The steps to becoming a Green Card holder (permanent resident) vary by category and depend on whether you currently live inside or outside the United States. The main categories are:

If you are already a Green Card holder, see our After the Green Card Is Granted webpage for information on:

The "Green Card Processes & Procedures" section provides additional information on:

  • Green Card Eligibility: Learn who can apply for permanent residence
  • Adjustment of Status: Learn about the multi-step process for individuals inside the United States that want to get a Green Card
  • Consular Processing: Learn about the multi-step process for individuals outside the United States that want to get a Green Card.

Who is a Green Card Holder (Permanent Resident)?

A Green Card holder (permanent resident) is someone who has been granted authorization to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, a person is granted a permanent resident card, commonly called a "Green Card." You can become a permanent resident several different ways. Most individuals are sponsored by a family member or employer in the United States. Other individuals may become permanent residents through refugee or asylee status or other humanitarian programs. In some cases, you may be eligible to file for yourself.

This page can be found at:

Last Reviewed/Updated: 05/13/2011
Friday, 21 February 2014 20:24

John Boehner resurrects immigration reform

If personnel is policy then House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is serious about immigration reform. In an otherwise ordinary list of new staffers, his office announced, “Rebecca Tallent will join the office as Assistant to the Speaker for Policy handling immigration issues.  Rebecca comes to us from the Bipartisan Policy Center, where she is the director of immigration policy.”

The position is not a new one, but putting a high profile person in the job signals the speaker is giving more than lip service to immigration reform. His press secretary Michael Steel tells me, “The Speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms – the kind of reforms the American people understand and support.” He adds, “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”

With scant time left on the congressional calendar and host of must-do items including the so-called doc fix and a budget yet to be done, immigration reform is unlikely to get through the House by the end of the month. However, Tallent’s hiring is another sign, in addition to multiple statements by the speaker, that immigration reform is alive and kicking.

Although it is an election year, 2014 may afford a better opportunity than previously imagined for accomplishing something on the immigration front. The Dems and White House are more desperate than ever for some achievement, and their fear the Senate may flip in Nov. 2014 should encourage some flexibility. Meanwhile, the House right wing is not the force it was before the shutdown, while the speaker’s popularity has grown among his troops.

A final factor may play a role in pushing immigration reform to the fore. Center-right business leaders and groups, who mostly favor comprehensive immigration reform as an economic boost, are plainly alarmed about the 2014 election and have entered the fray both to unseat hard-line gadflies like Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) and bolster mainstream Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). That gives reform-minded lawmakers some confidence they will get cover in 2014 if  they take some political heat for backing immigration reform. It also may persuade GOP skeptics to take another look at the polls, which generally show immigration reform including an earned path to citizenship to be popular, even among Republicans.

The precise form that immigration legislation will take is still not clear.  The president has already signaled that a series of bills  as opposed to one large bill would be acceptable. The critical issues will boil down to the requirements for legalization and the nature of the legal status (citizenship, citizenship with no “special path,”  green card status, etc.) will take. Regardless of whether the Senate and House can reach a meeting of the minds, the seriousness with which the speaker is taking the issue and the encouraging words from Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who is charged with crafting actual legislation, suggests there has been some reconsideration in GOP ranks as to the desirability of at least passing a House version of immigration reform. That is a remarkable turnaround from a few months ago when the conventional wisdom proclaimed immigration reform dead.


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