SCANN commences uniforms program for needy learners in Nakuru slums

Street Children Assistance Network Nakuru SCANN has commenced a program of sponsoring learners from humble background with uniforms.

The program is spearheaded by  Chairman Shamsher Gilani.

On Thursday  265 needy learners from Kibowen Komen Primary school in Rhonda Ward, Nakuru West became first beneficiaries of the program.

Linet Kwamboka- a parent at the school and resides in the neighboring Weavers estate.

Her struggles to raise her four children after her husband was given life imprisonment after he was found on the wrong arm of the law makes it hard for her to meet her children’s needs.

She is however grateful to SCANN for stepping in for her.

” What SCANN has done to me is great.My children can now study in new uniform” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Anastacia Kavaya- a resident of Rhonda estate has two children with one already in grade 3.

The duo is just but a representation of what many parents in the slum areas go through in ensuring their children get education.

The school’s headteacher  Peter Gitau reveals that the school has 1,740 pupils with 195 students at the Junior Secondary.

He admits that schools in informal settlements have a lot of challenges, among them malnutrition on the side of learners due to the fact that parents have little income.

This, he adds, has also affected the learners who come to school even without uniforms lowering their self-esteem, hence government and well-wishers should step in.

He is however quick to note that despite the challenges, the school has shown some improvement in performance having recorded a mean score of 226- an increase from previous year’s mean score of 208.

“Government and well-wishers should support such schools in informal settlements to boost the morale of these learners” he said.

Mr.Shamsher Gilani called for a collective responsibility in ensuring education for all especially in the slum areas of Nakuru.

“We felt it wise to step in and assist the children in this school and we shall be doing so in other several schools in the slum areas” he stated.

It should be noted that the uniforms and shoes donated are products of Barut’s Destiny Women Group members who are turning their beautiful craft through beading and sewing, and shoe making work as a step towards self-reliance.

Over 400,000 vulnerable residents reached with free meal from SCANN’s Hot Kitchen Project

Over 400,000 vulnerable residents from slum areas of Rhonda on the outskirts of Nakuru city have benefited so far from free meal courtesy of a project started by Street Children’s Assistance for Nakuru Network-SCANN.

The project dubbed ‘SCANN HOT KITCHEN ‘ runs two hot kitchens at Bondeni-Kisulisuli and Rhonda slum areas where vulnerable families are served with free meal on daily basis.

This, has seen vulnerable families from the slum areas have hope as they can are sure of a daily plate of meal.

The project was started when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in the country where many lost their casual jobs.

Beneficiaries of the project in Rhonda that has hit 400, 000 as at 27th July 2022 lauding SCANN and the donors for the gesture.

Led by Christine Wanjiku- a widow who has been surviving up and down to make her children get a meal says the project is beneficial to her.

“As a widow, I am very grateful for the project for it has given me hope together with my children” she said.

Sentiments echoed by Rolex Odhiambo who says since January she has been getting daily meal at the Rhonda SCANN Hot Kitchen.

Odhiambo says such gesture  cannot be taken lightly.

“Since January, this has been my home where I get a meal on daily basis.May God bless the donors so much” he said.

During the event, over 700 locals also received donation of sweaters and jampers to make themselves warm during this cold season.

Chairman Board of Trustee SCANN  Mr.Shamsher Gilani on his part stating that the vulnerability of the slum areas is what prompted the start of the SCANN Hot Kitchens.

He is optimistic that the COVID-19 pandemic will be a thing of past so that the locals can go on with their daily duties.

Shamsher reiterated the importance of education in ending high levels of poverty in society hence the reason why SCANN has continued to help street children out of streets and sponsor them with quality education.

He was however, quick to note that the SCANN Hot Kitchen project will go on for a longer period until the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

“SCANN believes in quality education to transform society and that is why we have many of our boys who have made it up to University Level. On the donation, we have resolved that we shall continue to give this free meal to the vulnerable in society until COVID-19 is over” he said.

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How SCANN has turned into ‘a small heaven’ for former street boys in Nakuru

Research done in the late 1990s indicating that there were more boys on the streets than girls saw an idea of feeding street boys in Nakuru initiated.

Through a small soup kitchen where street boys would be welcomed for a meal, the idea would later develop into a more elaborate project.

Street Children’s Assistance Network Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

In January 2000, Street Children’s Assistance Network Nakuru was established with 100 street boys for a start.

Founding Trustee and Chairman of SCANN Mr.Shamsher Gilani in an interview said the main aim is to ensure education for the vulnerable street boys.

He however noted that for that to be realized there was need for shelter as well as food hence the establishment of the institution at Kisulisuli estate on the outskirts of Nakuru town.

“We started this to give these boys education. But even in doing so we needed to have shelter and food for them. We started with a soup kitchen project at first before it developed into this” said Shamsher.

The boys who study in different schools now have a place they can call home or perhaps a small heaven on earth where they come to after school

Some of the children doing acrobatics.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The SCANN centre according to Shamsher has continued to employ graduates to teach the boys so that they can get the extra basics after school.

With a fully equipped Library, sporting activities including acrobatics to keep them fit and ensure proper growth; this to the former street boys is just more than a home.

“We have a fully equipped Library where the boys can study. We also engage them in sports such as acrobatics to teach them how to trust each other and Karate as a discipline sport besides Football and volleyball” added Shamsher.

Since its establishment, SCANN centre has continued to accommodate all religions and this is evident from their library with various holy books.

Some of the children during sport.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

However, the centre sits on a land that was leased by Salvation Army Church-Land that was initially used for a Polio project, reveals Shamsher adding that Salvation Army Church is also trustee and part of the Organization.

And with the current world where technology is taking over everything, SCANN has not been left behind.

SCANN Library.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

The centre has a well-equipped Computer laboratory with a computer teacher employed who takes the boys through training in shifts.

“In the current world we believe technology is key hence set up a computer lab. We have employed a computer teacher who takes them through computer training in shifts. We regulate which sites they can access and not to access” said Shamsher.

There is also an Officer in charge employed by SCANN who lives in the compound throughout as well as a resident medical doctor with a little clinic for to take care of the boys on matters of health.

On matters of accommodation, the centre has three dormitories for accommodation with a house father (graduate teacher) to take care of the dorm and ensure discipline, takes roll call.

Here, Shamsher reveals their youngest boys have their own dormitory with a house mother to take care of them.

“Every child is taken care of in terms of beddings. We also have an employee in place who does sanitation” he said.

Some of the beneficiaries of SCANN who spoke to this writer lauded the centre for giving them hope.

Francis Thumbi who is now going on with his primary education courtesy of SCANN is grateful that his life has changed form that of street to now a comfortable one like any other child who has parents.

“SCANN has given me everything and I am now able to go on with my education” he said.

The Head of State Commendation.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Similar sentiments echoed by Master Dristan who stated that his life was in a mess but after joining SCANN he has felt a home.

He lauded the centre for rejuvenating his dreams as far as education is concerned adding that he will do all he can to ensure the opportunity is fruitful.

“This is the best place to be for education. My life is now being transformed” said Master Dristan.

Patrick Omwenga-a primary school pupil At Kisulisuli Primary courtesy of SCANN, has a dream of becoming a Kenya Defense Force Personnel.

He believes with the assistance and conducive atmosphere at SCANN, his dream will one day come true.

“ I have always dreamt of becoming a KDF and with the opportunity given to me by SCANN from the streets I am optimistic” said Omwenga.

SCANN centre has seen great minds developed from street boys with some having gone up to Universities to a tune of Ksh.96 million.

“We have educated 48 boys up to university with full sponsorship to a tune of 96 million, clothing and all needs fully paid for. And when they come back as alumni they have their own Guest room where they can spend” Shamsher stated.

The 100 percent Charity project has also seen about 260 boys complete their stay up to O level having been under the centre for not less than 14 years.

One of the dormitories.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

However, not everyone can be accommodated at the facility as the focus is only on the most needy street boys who have no shelter.

According to Shamsher, for the last 20 years the centre has used an average Kshs.15 million per year.

Perhaps it is for such tremendous work that the centre received the Head of state commendation Award.

Shamsher’s appeal to the government is for private partners to be embraced in supporting and bridging gaps in various sectors.

“The government has a lot of challenges hence should embrace private partners and sectors in trying to address some of the challenges. Let the government recognize what the private sector is doing and make our work easier” he said.





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