Help Save My Mothers Dream Restaurant-COVID19 Fund

SUMMARY:  This year has not been easy on anyone; across the globe everyone is dealing with something, whether it be financial, emotional, or social. For Nanaz Kitchen, these setbacks, coupled with being a new business, have presented us with immense challenges that put us at risk of closing our doors before our first anniversary. More importantly however, it would mean my mothers dream would come to an end before it got the chance to begin. For 10 years Nanaz Kitchen was solely operated by Chef Nansi (also known as Nana to family and friends) and her family. She spent her entire life putting us ahead of herself, it was not even a question for us. We did whatever we could to support her and by then we could as we were a bit older. The catering business was not easy, but it helped us, and we were able to get by while being able to support my mother in getting a little closer to her dream, opening a restaurant. We are trying to raise money to offset the costs lost due to Covid-19 as well as cost incurred from our temporary set back when we first began. To be honest I have not told my Mom or Dad that I am doing this, but I know they are on the verge of shutting their doors because they cannot keep up at this rate. However, I am hopeful and faithful that we can recover, that we can pull through to keep my mothers dream alive. Any help in supporting my mothers dream would be so greatly and immensely appreciated. Thank You!




Ever since I can remember, my mother has always been sacrificing her needs in favour of her husband and children. Now, all grown- up, its my turn to try and save the one thing she has always dreamed of. This year has not been easy on anyone; across the globe everyone is dealing with something, whether it be financial, emotional, or social. For Nanaz Kitchen, these setbacks, coupled with being a new business, have presented us with immense challenges that put us at risk of closing our doors before our first anniversary. More importantly however, it would mean my mothers dream would come to an end before it got the chance to begin. My Mother has always been cooking, always in the kitchen experimenting. As a child I always counted myself blessed to be on the receiving end of her experiments because they were always mouth watering. She never once thought to take up cooking as a profession for a few reasons, but mostly because she believed it would require time and money, all things which she did not have. She with my Dad were busy trying to make ends meet. Things got a little more difficult when my Father fell ill, and my mom became the sole provider for our family. Her dream of becoming a Chef and opening her own restaurant slowly began to vanish. To keep up after my Father fell ill, my mother took up as many jobs as she could find to support us. By night she was doing paper deliveries (so business and homes could have their papers in the morning) and by morning she was at a call center. I remember if I were ever sick, my mom would coup me up in a blanket and turn the back seat of the car into a place where I could rest while she delivered her papers. I later found out from her that she liked when I was in the car because it made her feel safe not to be alone. Somehow through this all she was able to come home cook (we never ever ate pre-ready meals), tend to my dad, siblings and I. One fateful day I arrived home from school and my mom announced that she had received a scholarship from the government of Canada to go study at a Chef academy and become a certified Chef. She did not want to accept at first, but we all pushed her to go. To be honest I do not know how we got by during those months, after all I was just a kid. The funny thing is, however, my mom managed to graduate in the top 3 of her class and never once did I feel as though my childhood was rough because of our circumstances. However, my mom tells me there were some days where we could not afford bread. That is hilarious to learn because I used to tell my friends we were millionaires. When she graduated, we all agreed that now was about as good a time as any to begin her career in the food industry. There was just a small problem- my Dad was still sick, my siblings and I were still young, and she cannot work with pork or alcohol.  Her Chef instructors introduced her and encouraged her to begin an in-home catering business. It took some time, but we were successfully able to transform our basement into a certified commercial kitchen. Like any other commercial kitchen, we had to get all the permits any other kitchen would need and had regular health inspections. For 10 years, we operated out of the basement in the picture below. It was never constant, but rather very sporadic month to month and year to year.  Our community, first and foremost, wanted to support us, but when they tried my mom’s food they kept coming back. For 10 years Nanaz Kitchen was solely operated by Chef Nansi (also known as Nana to family and friends) and her family. She spent her entire life putting us ahead of herself, it was not even a question for us. We did whatever we could to support her and by then we could as we were a bit older. My brother was always on dish duty and in my opinion, he had the hardest job. Dishes would be piled up and the kitchen and would need a deep clean after just one order.  My middle sister was basically my mom’s assistant/ my brothers cleaning helper, she never left my moms side and was often there at the end to assist my brother. My older sister and I where used where we were needed, it was constantly changing. Finally, my Dad, although ill, slowly began being able to help my mom. Sometimes he would chop stuff for her and sometimes he would mix things, by 2019 my dad was worthy of the sous chef title. The catering business was not easy, but it helped us, and we were able to get by while being able to support my mother in getting a little closer to her dream, opening a restaurant. In 2019 my family was able to take the first steps into making my moms dream a reality. We opened Nanaz Kitchen’s very own location and my moms very own restaurant. We got the place in December of 2018 and were set to open in March of 2019, but we were met with setbacks that kept us from opening until August of that year. This setback put us behind immensely, we had already plummeted into a sea of debt before we had even opened. We had already bought our merchandise and hired and trained staff with the intent of opening in March. Unfortunately, however due to technical difficulties and city regulations we had to close our doors a few days before opening and wait until August until we could open. In August we opened and were met by an outpour of love and support from our community. We slowly began to move forward with my mother’s dream, but we also had a lot to catch up on. I would love to tell you after we opened it was smooth sailing from there, but as any first-time business owner knows, the first two years are the hardest. We had not even crossed the first-year mark and when the world was hit by covid-19. I am calling out to my community, my friends, my loved ones, to please help me in supporting my moms dream. She has sacrificed so much for us that I could not idly sit back and watch, I knew I had to do something, and this brings me to this go fund me page. We are trying to raise money to offset the costs lost due to Covid-19 as well as cost incurred from our temporary set back when we first began. To be honest I have not told my Mom or Dad that I am doing this, but I know they are on the verge of shutting their doors because they cannot keep up at this rate. However, I am hopeful and faithful that we can recover, that we can pull through to keep my mothers dream alive. Any help in supporting my mothers dream would be so greatly and immensely appreciated. Words cannot express what this means for my family and for my Mom. Please help me in supporting a Mothers dream, in giving her the opportunity to continue her dream, in supporting her to continue to be able to spread smiles and kindness the best way she can, through food. To find out more about us please check out our website, Instagram, or Facebook :) Thank you so very much, Welaa Aburaneh.

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Welaa Aburaneh 
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Waterloo, ON
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