SCANN’s Hot Kitchen Project marks 1 millionth Meal to slum dwellers

Street Children Assistance Network of  Nakuru SCANN marked the serving of its 1 millionth meal on February 6, 2024.
The Hot kitchen established in Rhonda slums of Nakuru West Sub county has continued to put a smile on the faces of the vulnerable in the area through the the free meal feeding program.
Children from low income areas of Nakuru having a free meal from SCANN’s Hot Kitchen.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Speaking during the event, Shamsher Gilani – the Chair Board of Trustees at SCANN, noted that the program is key especially during the current situation in the country where many families are undergoing financial constraints.

“Today we are honoring our 1,000,000th beneficiary with a special gift for her to remember our support,” said Gilani.
A mattress, 2 blankets, Food hamper and a voucher of Sh 200 from Gilanis Supermarket was handed to the 1,000,000th beneficiary Ms Lydia Moraa- a resident of Rhonda slums.
Speaking after receiving the gifts, Moraa- lauded Gilani and other donors for the continued support.
“I have continued to benefit from the hot kitchen here in Rhonda. Lack of jobs has seen many families vulnerable in this area,” she stated.
According to Shamsher Gilani, the Hot kitchen Project shall continue inorder to support vulnerable in society.
The Project was started in 2020 with the first one being established at Kisulisuli SCANN main centre, then followed the one at Rhonda.
Beneficiaries walk away with food hampers.PHOTO/Courtesy.

During the event at Rhonda, 800 beneficiaries also received food hampers while at Kisulisuli SCANN Hot kitchen another 500 beneficiaries received the hampers.

Shamsher Gilani pointed out that the food hampers costed 1.4 million shillings.
With increased poverty and harsh economic times, Shamsher pointed out that the Project of providing free meals at Rhonda and Kisulisuli shall continue.
He thanked the sponsors and donors of the project for continued support towards the same.
Beatrice Adhiambo and Said Salim are residents of Rhonda slums.
For them, the project has enabled many families have atleast a meal on daily basis.
“We are grateful to the well wishers. Atleast we have something to eat each day,” they stated.
It should be noted that SCANN is a charity without borders and besides giving free food to the most needy on daily basis, the centre also currently provides shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and most importantly Education.
So far, the SCANN has educated 292 former street Children to O’Levels and 56 boys have been educated upto University Level.
SCANN has also been involved in providing Primary School uniforms to over 1000 children in schools in the slum areas of Nakuru.
In addition, schools in rural areas not far from Nakuru have been provided with School furniture, food and educational material.
SCANN continues to assist many more needy with School fees and bursaries, medical assistance, crutches and wheelchairs, blankets, mattresses, and food.

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