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.
Jan 23, 2012

Feel Great about Your Self: Dorcas' Story

Dorcas Saisi, outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Dorcas Saisi, outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Dorcas Saisi. I am 23. I moved to Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, two years ago.  There was nothing for me in my village. Like so many farmers, I came to Nairobi to look for a job.

My first job was as a house help.  I was paid only Kes 2,000 per month (about US$25) although the official minimum wage in Kenya is Kes 6,000.  Sometimes the family would wake me at 3 am telling me to get busy and clean the house.  I just couldn't do it. I worked so hard but they were never satisfied. 

I decided to become a security guard. But I was fired when I was unjustly accused of taking something from someone's house. 

A friend told me about Hot Sun Foundation.  I want to be a filmmaker so I can show the world how servants and other poor people are mistreated. 

My parents are praying for the success of Hot Sun Foundation.  They hope that more and more poor people can have the opportunity to become filmmakers.

What is my message for our friends and supporters?

When people are helping Hot Sun Foundation, they can see for themselves from our films that they are promoting our talents. 

When you help someone else, it makes you feel great about yourself.

Please offer the opportunity to become filmmakers to more slum youth. 

Contribute at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632.  A monthly recurring contribution is especially helpful.

Thank you for promoting our talents.

Francis and Dorcas, Kibera Film School trainees
Francis and Dorcas, Kibera Film School trainees

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Dec 28, 2011

Bad Company to Good: Polycap Sara's Story

Polycap (r) at Slum Film Festival workshop
Polycap (r) at Slum Film Festival workshop

What was my turning point?  I have a lot to say.  I had a job as a mechanic and lost it.  I became idle, doing weird things, using drugs, staying in bad company.  My life was not sustaining me.

Then I was arrested for a cell phone theft. Jail is a new world. You have to survive on your own. No parents. No family. No support. I felt everyone was against me.  I didn't even want to take meals. 

My sister got me out of jail. She paid for the cost of the cell phone.  But still she thought I was a crook.  I promised her I would change.  I came to Kibera because it's a bit cheaper to live here. 

A friend brought me to the Slum Film Festival workshop at Hot Sun Foundation.  Filmmaking was good from the beginning.  I applied and got into Kibera Film School

For me life is different  at Hot Sun Foundation.  Here something is being done in the slums by people who take the work seriously.

What is my message to our supporters?
What I think about them is that they are kind-hearted, helping someone you don't know really takes a big heart.  They are giving us a chance to express ourselves. They are changing lives.

I really want to tell our supporters just keep on with a willing heart and for sure they will get a reward.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Please keep up the good work by helping us at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Many thanks,
Polycap

Polycap with Kibera TV logo
Polycap with Kibera TV logo
Kibera Film School trainees, Polycap and Felix
Kibera Film School trainees, Polycap and Felix

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Dec 18, 2011

Bad Luck to Good: Ronald Omondi's Story

Ronald Omondi outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Ronald Omondi outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Ronald Omondi.  I am 23 years old.  I live in Kibera.

Things were going good for me.  I had a sponsored job that allowed me to also go to school.  Then something went wrong with the sponsorship program and I was out on the street again.  Selling CDs. In the slum, you can find yourself falling into drugs and hanging out with the idle youth. 

A friend told me about the Slum Film Festival at Hot Sun Foundation.  I attended a workshop, applied to Kibera Film School and here I am. 

Since I joined Hot Sun Foundation, it's like a home to me.  I am gaining more talents. The staff is treating us well. We learn in a relaxed and open way. 

I really appreciate what supporters on Global Giving are doing for us. You are good Samaritans helping slum youth who don't have the opportunity to gain knowledge in filmmaking. 

I appreciate that you are helping youth who live far away from you.

Happy Holidays  and many thanks to all friends of Hot Sun Foundation wherever you are.

Ronald Omondi with camera & Hot Sun sign
Ronald Omondi with camera & Hot Sun sign
Ronald with other Kibera Film School trainees
Ronald with other Kibera Film School trainees

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