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.
Oct 18, 2011

A Heartfelt THANK YOU

Kibera Film School Trainees want to Thank You for your ongoing support.
Your are appreciated. You are changing lives. 

Reminder: October 19 is GlobalGiving Matching Day when your support goes farther.

Please check out the spontaneous, heartfelt thank you which Kibera Film School trainees did today for you.

Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTdXGWYtIRI

  OR   http://www.kiberatv.blogspot.com/

Asante Sana!

Thank you so much!

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Oct 17, 2011

Miracle on facebook: Reinhert's Story

Reinhert in front of Hot Sun Foundation sign board
Reinhert in front of Hot Sun Foundation sign board

My name is Reinhert Onduru. I am 18 years old. Facebook brought me to Hot Sun Foundation. I came to Kibera from my home on the Western side of Kenya, many hours away, near the border with Uganda. 

I had a friend on facebook - a German woman who does charity work in Nairobi.  I told her that after a year of not paying secondary school fees, I was shown the door.   Although I had to drop out of school and help my mom at her food stall,  I started a film club in my home town, Kisumu.   My dream has always been to make movies.

I've never met my facebook friend in person. When I asked for her help to study filmmaking,  she told me she had heard about a film school in Kibera.  I contacted  the Hot Sun Foundation coordinator on facebook.   When he called me and told me to come to Nairobi for an interview, I dropped the phone I was so excited.

My parents were unsure.  "But Kibera is just a big slum.  How can there be a film school there?"  I had to show them the Hot Sun Foundation website on my mobile phone.  Then they believed me.  They said I could go, but they had no money to support me. 

Now, I live in a small room at the Hot Sun Foundation office.  Before I came here, I knew nothing about making films.  In the film club back home, we wrote short plays and called them scripts.  Now I know how to write scripts and use a video camera.

When I have learned everything I possibly can about filmmaking at Hot Sun Foundation, I'll go back home to Kisumu. I want to build our film club into a real film training center so we can tell our stories.

My message to the friends of Hot Sun Foundation is to keep on supporting us.  Hot Sun Foundation does help us youths learn filmmaking.  We can reach people through our short films. Then they can see that we've done something.  When we finish our training, we can train others.  Help us help others.

Please remember to donate on Wed. Oct 19th MATCHING DAY at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632. 

I am very grateful for the opportunity that facebook and Hot Sun Foundation gave me to learn filmmaking. Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
Reinhert

Reinhert at Hot Sun
Reinhert at Hot Sun

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Oct 17, 2011

Passionate Appeal - Alice's Story

Alice outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Alice outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Alice Motieri.  I am 24 years old.  I live in Kibera.


My challenges began at 15, when I lost my mom.  She died after a sudden illness.  Fifteen months later my father died. I managed to finish secondary school with funds from my mother's estate.


Then my life became confused.  I wanted to go to law school, but the funds were not there.  Then it was nursing school, but that didn't work out.  Next I studied filmmaking at a private institution in Nairobi. I ran out of funds and did not get my certificate.


I moved to Kibera to live with my sister.  While watching TV,  I saw a story about the Kenyan feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and the awards it won.  I decided to search for Hot Sun Foundation.


I found Hot Sun Foundation and became a volunteer at Kibera TV.  Then I attended Kibera Film School.  Some men think women cannot do technical work.  I know I can.  Without a doubt, filmmaking is the career for me.


To all Hot Sun Foundation friends and supporters, I so much appreciate your efforts to bring us all along. I have acquired so much through your help.


Please continue with the same generous spirit. We have more and more projects to do,  and more of our youths without funds  are applying for Kibera Film School.


On Wed. Oct. 19, Matching Day, remember to contribute to Hot Sun Foundation on www.globalgiving.org/3632


Asante sana.  Thank you for your support.

Alice

PS  Please check out on hitflics.com  my short  film Passionate Appeal (2 min 17 seconds). Currently I am in a three-way tie for first place
http://www.hitflics.com/preview/view_member_video.php?movieid=404




Alice at Writers Guild scriptwriting SKYPE session
Alice at Writers Guild scriptwriting SKYPE session
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME banner at Slum Film Festival
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME banner at Slum Film Festival

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