IN FOREIGN LANDS, Dreams, Faith and Love; An Immigrant’s Guide to Real Financial Freedom.
Success in immigration is relative, depending on who you talk to. I have spoken to immigrants from all walks of life. In this book I share my analysis of their responses and my own experience as an immigrant. Financial success in immigration trumps every other definition of success. In this book I will talk about success for immigrants from African countries to the more developed countries mainly; Canada and the USA.
Imagine moving to a new country, everything is different. From the direction of traffic, it seems like the bus has the doors on the wrong side; to the way people look, walk, and talk. Why is everyone moving so fast? Where are they going? Why are they not talking to you? Why are they not smiling? Are they angry? Culture shock! All doors to ‘shops’ are ‘locked’. You are used to having shops with doors wide open. Do they not want people to go in and buy?
Everyone ‘back home’ wished you well. Some were jealous. You are the lucky one. You gave them your belongings, your best clothes, the toys you loved most, your furniture, all your ‘local’ money to the very last cent. You sold all your property. You needed cash for a fresh start in the new land flowing with milk and honey. You quit your high paying international job. You gave your car to your brother. You are now “abroad”; you will buy a brand new one.
In the foreign land everything appears strange. Your emotions are fear, confusion, sense of loss, a sense of longing. You are alone. You are lost. Nothing is like what you had expected or envisioned. No! It cannot be! You are full of hope; you have faith that you made the right decision to leave your country. People back home have high expectations of you.
You say it will get better. You do not know how, or when? You call home. You tell them all is well. How can you tell them that you are unemployed? You, a PhD holder! You, a Senior Scientist who lived in a 5-bedroom house are now a Security Guard. You who had the services of a driver, a gardener, a house keeper and a guard at your gate! That you are a butcher in a large meat factory, that, with your medical degree you are cleaning offices?
In this book you will learn how to break free from the grip of nostalgia. The self-pity that is holding you back from your greatest achievements, and discover the greatness of your ability in the new country. You will get integrated. Get settled. Yes, there is freedom and prosperity in the new land. Many immigrants have achieved their dream. They have jobs, they hold high paying jobs. They have purchased beautiful homes; they are engaged in all types of profitable businesses; they have invested in real estate; some returned to school and attained more or higher education. They are accomplished professionals. Their children are well established in their country of birth; enjoying all the benefits of their citizenship. The have free education, higher education, the general culture and lifestyle of their country. The majority of immigrants are happy in their new land. They are settled. This is home. This is here and there.
In these pages you will uncover…
The capacity you have to be and do great things in your new country, and your country of origin.
What’s really been stopping you from being your best?
An amazing number of immigrants will benefit when you discover and share with them your unleashed potential.
As an immigrant, realize that amazing life awaits those that do not give up!
Realize your potential of re-training for professional work.
Where is the opportunity in the “land of opportunity”?
Higher income which comes timely, for professionals, nurses, factory workers, taxi drivers, track drivers, for government employees and casual workers.
Discover the powerful force that affects everything you do.
Find out how you will benefit from your fully-realized potential.
Learn the super-secret easiest way to be successful!
Uncover what has really been stopping you and how to change it!
Mapping the path with immigrants who have “been there” will be a way of launching genuine success goals for future immigrants.
Jane Wangari Karago-Odongo
Financial success in immigration trumps every other definition of success.
This is a must read book. I recommend it to anyone in foreign land, those with dreams to migrate to foreign lands, friends and colleagues of those in Diaspora. The book is written by an insider Jane Wangari who has fabulous passion of empowering those in foreign lands. Jane is extremely experienced in holding your hand to discover the treasures in foreign lands. Read this book and you will not be the same. Do not worry, or stress about your next move, just pick up this book and read it.
George Wachiuri; Author of bestselling book “Soaring Like An Eagle” Real Estate Mogul, Entrepreneur, Top 100 Award Winner, Top Philanthropist in Africa, CEO Optiven Group.
Jane Karago is a wonderful example of a successful immigrant! I met her as a university student. She worked with me to complete her degree in the Independent Studies Program at the University of Waterloo. She proceeded to earn a Master’s degree in Immigration & Settlement Studies at Ryerson University. Now her eldest daughter has a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree and taking post graduate studies. Her second daughter is studying Architecture and her youngest has been accepted by the University of Ottawa for a Public Policy degree in the fall. Jane knows that with hard work and enthusiasm, an immigrant can make a fine life for herself and her family in Canada!
Anne Innis Dagg, PhD, taught in the Independent Studies program at the University of Waterloo for 40 years. She has written over 20 books and 60 refereed articles dealing with biology and women’s rights. Her most recent book is an autobiography titled Smitten by Giraffe: My Life as a Citizen Scientist (2016).
Jane Karago has a heart of emancipation and success of African, Caribbean and Black Communities. Her dedication to breaking down stereotypes, stigma, and social factors facing new immigrants is a testament of her character. Jane leads by example in empowering immigrants to work hard for a better tomorrow. Her book is a timely resource in jump-starting immigrants to the uncharted path of success.
Reverend Joseph Kiirya is a graduate of St. Paul University in Ottawa and ordained at the Canada Christian College. He is the founder of the River Jordan Ministry in Ottawa, Canada and for more than ten years he has served Ottawa’s immigrant population.
Debra Sheridan Wangari Karago, as an immigrant myself I wish your book had been available to help guide me and steer me around pitfalls I didn’t see until I fell into them! Invaluable information. Thank you so much for writing this book.
Jane Karago-Odongo was born in Kenya. She immigrated to Canada in November 2000. She has worked for more than ten years supporting new immigrants settle and integrate in Canada. She has vast experience in community development, advocacy and for immigrants. Jane has successfully fundraised for community projects which support the integration of newcomers to Canada through addressing the social determinants of health.
Jane is best known as “the-community-go-to-person” for people looking for information and access to all kinds of resources whether in Canada or in countries of origin for immigrants. People have said that Jane is “in her element” when speaking to people in the community about realizing amazing success in their new country.
Jane has directed and produced a video which depicts scenarios of health promotion for immigrants. Jane is an entrepreneur and Financial adviser. She is a Facilitator, Public Speaker, Motivational Speaker, Community Developer, Counsellor, Researcher and Public Educator.
Jane holds a Master’s degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Independent Studies and Women Studies. She has three daughters who are pursuing university education.