Hot Sun Foundation

Vision of Hot Sun Foundation: Social transformation through art and media. Mission: Identify and develop youth talent in East African slums to tell their stories on film. Rapid urbanization in East Africa and lack of options leads to wasted talent and frustration among the youth. Training in filmmaking enhances their creative potential, creating role models and cultural leaders from within their communities.
Apr 4, 2014

Special Request: Support Youth to become Filmmakers

Hot Sun Foundation film trainees
Hot Sun Foundation film trainees

Dear Friends and Supporters

First of all thank you so much for your support for Hot Sun Foundation - making it possible to train youth from urban slums in Kenya to become filmmakers.

Our graduates have had great success in finding employment and contributing to the TV and media industry in Kenya.

We want to do much much more and train more upcoming young creatives.

We are currently interviewing young people for our next four month full time hands-on filmmaking training in Nairobi, Kenya which begins April 14.

We have discovered five very committed young people, (two young women and three young men), who want to learn filmmaking but have no source of funds.

We need your help to make their dreams come true.

Our fees are only one third of our actual costs. Filmmaking training is expensive. We constantly update our equipment and use industry professionals to teach our classes. Every trainee makes two short films during the four months training.

We are making this special request to ask if you can pay the fees of one or more filmmaking trainees for four months.

The fees, which pay for all supplies as well as equipment and instruction are USD 167 per month for four months for a total of USD 667.

If you can pay the total amount, either on a monthly basis or all at once, we will send you the information about the trainee, her or his progress as well as an online video of her/his short films.

If you contribute any amount between now and 10 April, all funds donated to our project will go to paying the fees of a trainee.

Please think about the change you can bring in one young person's life by ensuring they can join our filmmaking training course.

Any amount contributed by 10 April will help make it possible.

Thank you.

Pamela Collett

Trustee Hot Sun Foundation


Feb 11, 2014

Talented Creatives - from Uganda to Nairobi

Matthew, Kibera Film School trainee from Uganda
Matthew, Kibera Film School trainee from Uganda

My name is Matthew

 I came all the way from my home in the town of Jinja, Uganda to learn filmmaking at Kibera Film School in Nairobi, Kenya.  Kibera Film School is unique in all of  East Africa, giving youth hands-on comprehensive filmmaking training.

 The reason why I joined Kibera Film School is because I want to be a good video editor and camera person…be the best Ugandan filmmaker.

 At Kibera Film School, I have met many focused talented souls. I have gotten the chance to interact with caring, talented creatives, who really love what they do. The trainers are willing to share what they know. The experience is fun and challenging.

Scriptwriting has been my major challenge. For my first video project having to come up with a two-minute final script that tells a story has been a challenge, but I am on the right track.

 How would I describe Kibera Film School in three words?     Encouraging,    Unique,    Fun.

Wed. 12 February is your chance to support young East African filmmakers like me. Filmmaking training is expensive. Every trainee at Kibera Film School is subsidized. Donate at

We cannot make it without your support.

Global Giving MATCHING DAY is Wed. 12 February beginning at 9 am EST (East Coast of the USA)

All donations will be matched. Any donation is most welcome.

Please donate EARLY as funds are limited.

THINK OF US and remember to donate on Wed. morning 12 February at

Thank you for all you do.  We are most grateful. 

Matthew, Saumu and Daudi, Kibera Film School
Matthew, Saumu and Daudi, Kibera Film School


Dec 30, 2013

In their own words

Kibera Film School Trainees
Kibera Film School Trainees

Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!

In their own words,  Kibera Film School trainees share their dreams of becoming filmmakers and why your donation is important.

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Why do I dream of becoming a filmmaker?

Milton Muga…To be the best videographer and tell stories

Lewis Mathew… I am studying filmmaking to be a good video editor…to be able to tell good stories

Saumu Mohammed, ….I want to inspire society through my stories

Mariah Akumu…I am a story teller and observer of life

 Wambui Wanjohi…I've always wanted to study filmmaking. It's my passion

Wawira Njeru…I feel alive telling stories and am passionate about film

 Michael Kuria…I want to tell African stories

 Douglas Mwangi…I want to contribute to a better society through film


Why should people donate to Global Giving?

Milton Muga…To give others a chance to pursue their dreams

Lewis Mathew…A way to change society

Saumu Mohammed….In life we should all learn to share…that is why people should donate

Mariah Akumu…This helps others achieve their dreams

Wambui Wanjohi…Global Giving helps us receive training in filmmaking

Wawira Njeru…It’s the honorouble thing to do - contribute to society

Michael Kuria…Help the needy achieve what they want

Douglas Wwangi…….It feels good to donate

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End 2013 in a positive way.

Support young filmmakers in East Africa.

Make a donation at

Thank you for all you do.

Wishing you, your family, friends, colleagues and the planet,  peace in 2014.

Kibera Community Film Screening honoring Mandela
Kibera Community Film Screening honoring Mandela


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