31 years ago, Dr. Joe Karogi embarked on a journey to help Kenyans relocating to the US to transition, and has never looked back.
Karogi, a resident of Raleigh, North Carolina, has lived in the US for 35 years and admits life there is not for the faint-hearted. Dr. Karogi holds a doctorate in Counselling (mental wellness and addiction). He also holds a degree in theology. The father of two is married to Dr. Mary Karogi, a high school teacher.
With the help of his wife and other stakeholders, Karogi founded Kenya Christian Fellowship in America (KCFA), an organization that helps Kenyans moving to the US to settle down and deal with issues such as culture shock. “I saw it wise to have a way we as Kenyans who moved to the US years back to help other Kenyans moving to the US to get a soft landing whenever they come here because life and culture in the US is different from that in Kenya,” Karogi said during a recent interview on Metha ya Kagoni YouTube show.
“The real hustling is in the US and I am saying that with a lot of respect. As much we see TV Coming to America, it is a real struggle. I have seen people who won Green Cards and they end up returning home because life is very hard,” he added.
KCFA, which was founded in 1990 in Birmingham, Alabama, currently has 27 chapters spread across the US states.
In 2019, KCFA acquired a 75-acre parcel of land in Norlina town, North Carolina where it plans to build its offices and an international conferencing facility that will serve as a revenue stream for the organization.