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Daniel Wanyeki: I Left My Well-Paying Banking Job in Kenya to Go to Canada; Now I Am Homeless with No Job

by Paul Nyongesa
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In the bustling city of Hamilton, Canada, the stories of Cyprian Ontita and Daniel Wanyeki paint a vivid picture of the challenges faced by many asylum seekers who arrive in the country with dreams of a brighter future.

Leaving behind their homes in Kenya, they embarked on a journey into the unknown, little knowing the hurdles that awaited them. However, their determination and the welcoming spirit of Hamilton have paved the way for a new chapter in their lives.

The transition from one continent to another can be overwhelming, as newcomers grapple with a different culture, language, and unfamiliar surroundings.

“When you come from Africa, you expect a good house and job opportunities. At first, you just don’t know,” Cyprian Ontita told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, his voice reflecting the uncertainty that clouded his initial days in Canada.

The uncertainty of starting anew in a foreign land can be daunting, but it is precisely this determination that pushes individuals like Cyprian and Daniel to seek refuge and a better life for themselves and their families.

Upon their arrival in Canada, both Cyprian and Daniel faced shared struggles, including sleeping on the streets, devoid of shelter, and searching for hope in their new homeland.

The challenges they encountered were immense, and their dreams of a brighter future seemed distant. However, the two would later be informed that Hamilton might offer a refuge from their struggles.

Desperate for a fresh start, they placed their faith in this welcoming town. “Someone suggested that in Hamilton there might be some space, and that’s why we moved to Hamilton. Hamilton is quite a good town,” said Daniel Wanyeki, his optimism evident despite the challenges he faced.

As asylum seekers, Cyprian and Daniel had to navigate through the complexities of paperwork and legal processes to seek refuge and build a new life.

Their education and previous work experiences back in Kenya offered them potential avenues for rebuilding their lives in Canada.

Armed with a degree in tourism management and prior experience as a banker, Daniel Wanyeki set his sights on becoming a truck driver. The field of trucking, with its booming industry and labor shortage, offered a promising pathway for him to find stability and support himself in his new home.

Amidst the struggles, a ray of hope shone through for Cyprian Ontita and Daniel Wanyeki at the Good Shepherd shelter home.

Here, they found not only a roof over their heads but also a compassionate community that understood their plight.

The support they received from this shelter home and other charitable organizations helped them navigate the initial challenges of settlement and integration into Canadian society.

Gratitude filled the hearts of both Cyprian and Daniel as they navigated through the hurdles of paperwork and job searches.

They expressed heartfelt gratitude to those who showed them compassion and support during their initial days in Hamilton.

“They accepted us irrespective of our backgrounds, and I can’t thank them any better. I just have to give back to the community someday,” Ontita reflected, hopeful for a future where he can pay it forward.

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