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.
Nov 14, 2012

Obsessed: Martin's Story

Martin Mwangi, film trainee at Hot Sun Foundation
Martin Mwangi, film trainee at Hot Sun Foundation

My name is Martin Mwangi. I am 21 years old.

I've always been obsessed with filmmaking. I can remember always watching  films. I would rather stay up late to watch a movie than do anything else.

I was supposed to begin Kibera Film School six months ago.  But my dad died.  He always supported me and told me to follow my dreams. 

I kept thinking about him.  I knew I had to come back to Kibera Film School.  I couldn't think of anything else. 

Now I'm here.  And I'm loving it. 

I didn't know anyone could learn so much in two weeks.  I think I've learned in two weeks what people take two years to learn in a university. 

The people here are awesome. The trainers are both friends and leaders. We can communicate. This makes Hot Sun Foundation better than any other place. The learning atmosphere is friendly .

Why should people invest in Hot Sun Foundation?

Hot Sun Foundation  is the best place to learn film making in Kenya. What's even more amazing is that it is open to everyone-including youth from the slums.   Something incredible -  something life-changing  is going on here. 

Hot Sun Foundation gives many people the opportunity to do what they love and get the skills that they need to transform the film industry in Kenya. 


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Thank you!

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees


Oct 10, 2012

Giving Cycle: Noreen's Story

Noreen Kombo, film trainee Hot Sun Foundation
Noreen Kombo, film trainee Hot Sun Foundation

My name is Noreen Kombo

What compelled me to come to Kibera Film School?

Something very sad.  I was pregnant, but lost the baby.  The loss made me think about what do I really want in my life.  I saw Kibera Film School on twitter and decided to try it out. 

Hot Sun Foundation attracts interesting people. People are knowledgeable. We exchange ideas. It's a healthy learning environment where everybody knows something

For me, it's better to learn in a small group than a class of 100 people. I'm impressed with what I've learned so far. 

Through the filmmaking training, I'm looking at storytelling in a different way.  Now I'm starting to think I want to be a very good film editor. I love polishing something rough to make it better.

Why should people invest in Hot Sun Foundation?

If they invest and empower one person, then that one youth can empower a whole community.  Me personally once I am done with the filmmaking  training, I will  start coming back for volunteer work. People give to us and we give back - starting  a giving cycle.


Wednesday 17 October is Bonus Day.  Global Giving will match your contribution by 30%.

Join the Giving Cycle. 

Thank you.

Shirley and Noreen, trainees at Hot Sun Foundation
Shirley and Noreen, trainees at Hot Sun Foundation


Oct 4, 2012

Ever since I was young: Godfrey's Story

Godfrey Chogo, 24, Kibera Film School trainee
Godfrey Chogo, 24, Kibera Film School trainee

My name is Godfrey Chogo. I am 24 years old.

Ever since I was young I wanted to make films.  I didn't just want to,  I felt I needed to do something for humanity through film. We have a lot happening in our communities. I can't reach everybody just like that. So I had to do something to reach them. I can do it through film.

I live in Mathare, which is a slum community like Kibera, in Nairobi.  I work as a community volunteer.  One of our supporters knew I wanted to study film.  By my good luck, he brought me to Kibera Film School.

After just two weeks, I have gained a lot.  I didn't know anything about script writing. I am finding out it's a long process.

The trainers here at Kibera Film School have this personality of caring for everyone. Here it is very different than in the other schools in Kenya.   In others, it's all theory.  In Kibera Film School, it's practical.  You do something and see for yourself the results.  

What is my message to our supporters on Global Giving?

Hot Sun Foundation is doing a really great thing.  I urge all of you to donate to Hot Sun Foundation.  Thanks to you we have good quality equipment.  When you donate you are helping people like me. 

Reminder from Hot Sun Foundation:

Wednesday 17 October is Bonus Day. Your donation will be matched by 30%. 

Please pass the word on facebook, twitter, blogs to support young East African filmmakers on 17 October 2012, Global Giving Bonus Day. 

Thank you for all you do. 

Godfrey writing his first script
Godfrey writing his first script


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