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 30, 2013

In their own words

Kibera Film School Trainees
Kibera Film School Trainees

Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!

In their own words,  Kibera Film School trainees share their dreams of becoming filmmakers and why your donation is important.

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Why do I dream of becoming a filmmaker?

Milton Muga…To be the best videographer and tell stories

Lewis Mathew… I am studying filmmaking to be a good video editor…to be able to tell good stories

Saumu Mohammed, ….I want to inspire society through my stories

Mariah Akumu…I am a story teller and observer of life

 Wambui Wanjohi…I've always wanted to study filmmaking. It's my passion

Wawira Njeru…I feel alive telling stories and am passionate about film

 Michael Kuria…I want to tell African stories

 Douglas Mwangi…I want to contribute to a better society through film


Why should people donate to Global Giving?

Milton Muga…To give others a chance to pursue their dreams

Lewis Mathew…A way to change society

Saumu Mohammed….In life we should all learn to share…that is why people should donate

Mariah Akumu…This helps others achieve their dreams

Wambui Wanjohi…Global Giving helps us receive training in filmmaking

Wawira Njeru…It’s the honorouble thing to do - contribute to society

Michael Kuria…Help the needy achieve what they want

Douglas Wwangi…….It feels good to donate

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End 2013 in a positive way.

Support young filmmakers in East Africa.

Make a donation at

Thank you for all you do.

Wishing you, your family, friends, colleagues and the planet,  peace in 2014.

Kibera Community Film Screening honoring Mandela
Kibera Community Film Screening honoring Mandela


Dec 23, 2013

Why is it?

Douglas Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee
Douglas Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee

Why is it?

That many youth living in urban slums in East Africa continue to aspire to be filmmakers despite the fact that there are little or no opportunities for them to learn filmmaking?

We at Hot Sun Foundation have been working with talented youth in East African urban slums (also known as "informal settlements") for many years. 

We know that many many youth, female and male, aspire to be filmmakers but there were NO opportunities for them to get hands-on training to do so.

With your support, Hot Sun Foundation offers the opportunity for many urban slum youth to become filmmakers!

Listen to what  Douglas Mwangi has to say

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker                                                            

Frankly, I can't say there is a time I ever thought of becoming a filmmaker for the first time because I have always seen the world in terms of pictures.

I have always wanted to capture every moment of it, so I feel I was born with a desire of wanting to be a filmmaker. 

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

Through the Internet.

What do you like best about Kibera Film School?

Their approach of imparting practical knowledge to students

What is the biggest challenge facing Hot Sun Foundation?

The limited admission spaces to Kibera Film School.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

So that they can continue developing talents of people who otherwise would never have a chance to become who they wish to be.

Happy Holidays to All!

Your support makes a difference for many young people in urban slums in East Africa.

We appreciate it. 

Douglas with Ivy, a Kibera Film School trainee
Douglas with Ivy, a Kibera Film School trainee


Dec 17, 2013

We made the move

Kibera Film School trainee moving files
Kibera Film School trainee moving files

Thanks to you and all our supporters, we DID IT!

We made the move. 

Hot Sun Foundation has now relocated to a new office behind the chief’s camp in Olympic, Kibera.

It took the entire Hot Sun Foundation family more than four days to settle down in our new location, including planning, packing and transferring all furniture, files and equipment.

The equipment department was very keen during this activity that no loss or damage occurred.  Our sound room is already reinstalled and ready for use.

Thanks to our trustees for cooperation and swift action to enable successful relocation and to our staff, volunteers, and Kibera Film School trainees for their commitment and determination to make this a successful relocation.

Our first community activity will be an open air community film screening dedicated to Nelson Mandela. 

Thanks to all Global Giving supporters.

Special thanks to all who made recent donations. 

Remember us during this holiday season.  Donate at

Asante Sana!

Happy Holidays!

Roy Okello, Program Coordinator, Hot Sun Foundation

P.S. You can buy some of our DVDs online at

Hot Sun Foundation loading truck for move
Hot Sun Foundation loading truck for move
Hot Sun Foundation unloading truck at new office
Hot Sun Foundation unloading truck at new office


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