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.
Dec 8, 2011

Luck and Success: Michael Robert's Story

Michael Robert outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Michael Robert outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Michael Robert Munyore. I am  21 years old

My father passed away when I was eight years old.  My dad's relatives raised me. My mother is somewhere in Western Kenya. I am lucky.  I'm on my own but my cousin in Kibera helped me finish high school.

When I look to my future, I see success. I don't do drugs. So many friends  wasted their lives with drugs, petty crime. I want to go somewhere with my life.  That's why I don't look back and worry about the past.

I always had a passion for filmmaking. I came across the Hot Sun Foundation sign in Kibera and wanted to know what was behind it.  I joined Kibera TV as a volunteer.  I then applied and joined Kibera Film School.  Remember I said I am lucky and focused on my future.

My life in Hot Sun has improved me in so many ways. I have made good contacts with filmmakers in the school and good friends. When I need support I know whom to go to. I have grown education wise. I am building my character and my career at the same time. So far so good.

What is my message to Global Giving supporters?
I would tell them they should not give up.  They are investing in success. What they give today will be given back to them tomorrow. 

Continue to support young filmmakers at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Be creative. During the holiday season, you can give a gift to Hot Sun Foundation and have a gift card sent to your friend or family member. 

Many thanks for all you do. 

Sincerely,
Michael Robert

Michael at Skype session with Writers Guild (USA)
Michael at Skype session with Writers Guild (USA)

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Dec 1, 2011

Family Support: Quenter's Story

Quenter outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Quenter outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Quenter Okumu.  I am 24.
I live in Kibera with my two children:  Mario 4 1/2 and Kyla 2 1/2. My mom has a tailoring shop in Kibera.  She takes care of my children while I study full time at Kibera Film School . My mother gives me her full support to learn filmmaking.  She drives me, telling me you have to do it.

What do you like about Kibera Film School? 
The way we treat each other. No one laughs at you or asks how come you don't know this. He or she shows you how to do something.  At Kibera Film School, it is mostly men.

Why are there not more women at Kibera Film School?
What can I say?  Most women lack someone to motivate them - to push them .  When your family is not supporting you, they tell you that you can't do this - you have to look for a job - you have to take care of the family. Women are not encouraged to go to school or get technical training like filmmaking.   

My Message to Global Giving supporters?
Congratulations for what you are doing.  Don't lose hope or lose heart. Keep helping youth from Kibera, those that want to go farther.
I am really excited about Amazing Race Kibera.  This is our chance to show people what is going on in Kibera and  get more support for Kibera Film School. People will follow clues that take them to different community groups and learn about their work.

Please spread the word about Hot Sun Foundation (http://www.globalgiving.org/3632) on facebook, twitter, emails.

Thank you SOO SOO SOO much.  Without your support,  I and the others couldn't be here at Kibera Film School.

Quenter with Flip camera
Quenter with Flip camera

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Nov 21, 2011

On My Own - Vincent's Story

Vincent Oduor outside Hot Sun Foundation Office
Vincent Oduor outside Hot Sun Foundation Office

My name is Vincent Oduor.  I am 20 years old. 

I've been on my own in Kibera since 15, when my mother died.  My dad died when I was ten.   When relatives came to take my younger brothers and sisters back to their village, I argued with them. I refused to leave.  I thought I would have a better chance to go to school in Kibera than in the village. 

I had no family left in Kibera.  My neighbors helped me.  They believed in me and paid for my textbooks.  I worked to pay my school fees.  I did it.  I graduated from high school. 

I never had a childhood.  I always had to work.  I used to help my mom with the younger children.  I don't think about going out or fancy clothes.  I'm not like some other youth.  I value myself and my future. 

I love to write… stories… plays…   A friend told me about Kibera Film School.  I decided that through film I could reach more people with my stories.   At Hot Sun Foundation, we share the same vision - working as a team to be good filmmakers

My message to Global Giving supporters:  You have really done a great job.

Some of us youth from the slums didn't know we could do certain things in life, like enter big buildings in downtown Nairobi, get respect from upper classes,  have people appreciate our videos. 

Just keep giving us this opportunity.  We know we can be creative.  We can make it with your support.

I really do appreciate your joining us in the AMAZING RACE for KIBERA.

Many thanks.  Happy Holidays to all of you and your families!  Keep up the good work! 

Vincent with Program Coordinator Josphat Keya
Vincent with Program Coordinator Josphat Keya
Visit by Belgian Ambassador to Hot Sun Foundation
Visit by Belgian Ambassador to Hot Sun Foundation

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