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.
Sep 14, 2011

Survival Backpacks: Trip Three: Daffur, Kenya

Ayub and Ahmed distribute food at Daffur, Kenya
Ayub and Ahmed distribute food at Daffur, Kenya

Greetings from northern Kenya, near the border with Somalia!

On their last trip, the Survival Backpacks/Global Somali Response team found the situation had changed at Dhobley inside Somalia. Because of conflict, they were unable to return to Dhobley on this trip.

Therefore the Survival Backpacks/Global Somali Response team changed their plans and found a group of Somalis inside Kenya at a place called Daffur, that had no supplies. The 320 people, men, women, and children were not receiving help from any organization and were in severe need.

One Somali explained, " We have lost everything, all our cattle. We came here hoping life could be better".

Watch the short video about the distribution at Daffur on

Thanks for all you do!

Ayub talks with young girl at Daffur, Kenya
Ayub talks with young girl at Daffur, Kenya


Aug 25, 2011

Kibera youth food drive for Kenyans suffering from famine

Kibera youth food drive for famine victims
Kibera youth food drive for famine victims

The youth of Hot Sun Foundation started an inspiring initiative:  Kibera Kwa WaKenya, which means Kibera for Kenya.  Kibera youth are soliciting dry food goods, including maize meal, rice, dried beans for their brothers and sisters in the northern areas of Kenya who are suffering from famine due to prolonged drought.

Kibera, as the largest slum in East Africa, has received ongoing media attention, often negative, as a place of poverty where people ask for handouts.  Kibera youth are showing their true colors by going to marketplaces, businesses, youth groups and asking for food donations for famine victims.  

What has been the response?  Overwhelmingly positive. Many people in Kibera have commented that this is a great idea because it shows the positive side of Kibera, that people are willing to help others.  People of Kibera are inspired by the youth of Hot Sun Foundation. 

Other groups and artists have joined with Hot Sun Foundation including Octopizzo, the young hip hop star from Kibera who heads an organization YGB (Young, Gifted and Black), Jah Army, a community organization, Bank Slave, a graffiti artist and Pamoja FM, community radio. 

At Hot Sun Foundation, all the youth of Kibera Film School and Kibera TV skipped two lunches this week to donate the proceeds to Kibera Kwa WaKenya.

The Kibera Kwa WaKenya food drive ends on Saturday 27 August 2011 when the youth from Kibera will present  to the Kenya Red Cross the food they have collected. 

Kibera TV working with the community youth have made a video We are ready to donate.  Kibera TV has been covering all of the food drive. You can see their videos on YouTube and

The talent, creativity and community leadership of the youth of Kibera, working with Hot Sun Foundation is making a difference. You can make a difference for them.  Keep the community spirit, the creativity, the possibilities expanding for the youth in Kibera. 

Support Kibera Film School and Kibera TV to provide opportunities for youth with a passion for video storytelling.


Pass the word on facebook, twitter, blogs what youth of Kibera are doing.
Thanks for all you do!


Aug 19, 2011

Update 19 August 2011 from Survival Backpacks team

Somali refugees waiting for Survival Backpacks
Somali refugees waiting for Survival Backpacks

On 16 August 2011, the Survival Backpacks team distributed supplies to 250 Somali families near the Kenyan border with Somalia. 

Here is one Somali woman's story:
"I left with ten children and lost seven of my boys and my husband on the road. We started to drink each others' urine for 28 days to stay alive. Now I'm here only with three of my children" (Khadija)

The Survival Backpacks team is gathering supplies in Nairobi, including 3000 emergency shelters, to take to the border with Somalia early next week.  We are also preparing more video footage of stories from Somali families, which we will post on youtube.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Abdisalaan Aato delivering supplies
Abdisalaan Aato delivering supplies


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