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.
Jul 9, 2014

Just Wanted a Job

Ronald training other youth at Hot Sun Foundation
Ronald training other youth at Hot Sun Foundation

Ronald's Story

I grew up in Kibera, a very large urban slum in Nairobi. I was only nine years old when my dad died. Then when I was thirteen, my mom died. I had to leave Nairobi with my younger sister and go to my grandma's house in Western Kenya.

I had some luck. I got a scholarship to a high school in Nairobi. After high school, I got a sponsor for technical training, but the sponsorship abruptly ended.

I didn't know what to do. I just wanted a job. My younger sister was depending on me.

A friend invited me to a workshop at Hot Sun Foundation. Then I applied to the filmmaking training class.

My life has changed big time since Hot Sun Foundation trained me in filmmaking.   Now I have a profound interest in cameras and becoming the best possible cameraman and eventually a director of photography.

I am working as a cameraman with local and international film crews in Kenya and even in Tanzania and Uganda.  I am supporting my younger sister, paying her school fees and helping out my uncle who lives on a small farm in Western Kenya.

My life has direction and purpose.

Thank you Hot Sun Foundation for uncovering the talent that I didn't know I had.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

When I look at myself, I see that Hot Sun Foundation saw my possibilities. Since I joined Hot Sun Foundation, my life has changed totally

Hot Sun Foundation has changed the lives of many youth from the slums, who are now working successfully in the film industry. Hot Sun Foundation has changed the negative stereotypes against slum youth.

Quality training in filmmaking is very costly.  Up to date equipment is needed. Learning filmmaking is beyond the means of all the youth living in the slums of Nairobi. 

 We need more people to support us. Then we can get more creative people from urban slums into filmmaking. We can change the life and living of youth through what they see they can do in filmmaking.

BONUS DAY Wed. 16 July 2014

Please mark your calendars for Wed. 16 July BONUS DAY starting at 9 am (New York USA time).

On BONUS DAY, your support for Hot Sun Foundation will be matched 50%!

ONLY on this day.

 Donate any amount on Wed 16 July Bonus Day.

Donate EARLY in the day before the funds run out.

Donate online at http://www.goto.gg/3632

I want more youth living in Nairobi to have the opportunities I have had.

Asante sana. Thank you very much.

Ronald training other youth at Hot Sun Foundation
Ronald training other youth at Hot Sun Foundation

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Jun 16, 2014

Dancing my way to Hot Sun Foundation

Stephen filming at Hot Sun Foundation
Stephen filming at Hot Sun Foundation

Greetings Global Givers!

My name is Stephen. I am from Kibera, a large urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya.

I came to filmmaking through working with a dancers group in Kibera called Wayo Wayo. I worked with a volunteer who was making a documentary film about organizations in Kibera, including, Hot Sun Foundation. That experience made me long to become a filmmaker and that's how I met Hot Sun Foundation.

When I complete my filmmaking training at Hot Sun Foundation, I hope to do documentaries, especially about groups like Wayo Wayo.

What I like best about Hot Sun Foundation is the people. The teachers are very good and open-minded. I also like the atmosphere at Hot Sun Film School. Everyone is so friendly and interactive. I’d noticed this already when I approached Hot Sun Foundation for the first time to gather information about the training. It felt like home immediately.

So Global Givers, please support Hot Sun Foundation because it is the only school that has affordable training in filmmaking for youth from slums like Kibera and gives young filmmakers the chance to improve and activate their skills.

Thank you.  Asante sana. 

Stephen with Hot Sun Foundation trainees
Stephen with Hot Sun Foundation trainees

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May 22, 2014

From selling to making DVDs

Sammy, center, with Film School grads now trainers
Sammy, center, with Film School grads now trainers

Name: Sammy

Age: 22

How did you find out about Hot Sun Foundation's Film School?    

Before I came here, I had a little business with a friend. We used to sell DVDs in the streets. One day we decided that we wanted to sell our own films on DVD. It became our dream. So my friend started to look for schools. He walked around in the city, called people he knew. One of them used to be a trainee at Hot Sun Film School. This is how we got the connection.              

What do you like best about Hot Sun Film School?

I mostly like that everyone here is so committed to the subject. This pushes me and gives me the motivation I need. Furthermore, I love the readiness of the equpiment and that we have access to modern technology. It really enables us to learn as much as we can.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation on Global Giving?

Hot Sun supports young filmmakers that don’t have the financial means to attend a private film academy. By supporting Hot Sun, people support the filmmaking youth. They feel wanted and supported. They are even more motivated to carry on with filmmaking. Furthermore, there is a huge growth of local themes. So we need more filmmakers to tell all these stories. This can be achieved with the help of Hot Sun.

 Thanks to all supporters who make Sammy's dream come true... making his own films instead of selling DVDs on the street.  It's only possible with your support! 

Sammy with other Hot Sun Film School trainees
Sammy with other Hot Sun Film School trainees

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