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.
Jul 19, 2011

Team Report from Liboi, Kenya at Somali Border

Somali refugees walked 21 days to Kenya border
Somali refugees walked 21 days to Kenya border

Last weekend the Survival Backpacks team went from Nairobi to Liboi, Kenya near the Somali border to make an initial assessment.  Our team consists of three young Somali filmmakers Ahmed Farah, Abdisalaan Aato and Deeq M. Afrika plus two from Hot Sun Foundation: Claudette Oduor,  (Kenya) and Matt Wilder  (USA). During our trip, Deeq M. Afrika stepped on the soil of his motherland for the first time in twenty years. He fled Somalia at 6years old.

Our trip was self-funded and through the donations of friends and family. We distributed supplies, took photos, and filmed videos on what we saw. All of which we will share through updates and with others in the relief efforts. You can follow us on twitter at Dadaab_Response.

Here are some impressions of what we saw in the area between Dadaab and Liboi, Kenya at the border with Somalia.

Took food and clothes to the new arrivals tonight. They are sleeping in the sand, under the stars, in a field of animal carcasses. Huge groups of children just laying out of doors in 40 degree heat. No shelter.

The Somali soldiers are very fluid-tempered. One argument and they were ready to pump the street. I saw guns pointed at my face. Gunfire a few metres off disrupts our interview today. Shots rang out but nobody was hurt.
Refugees banding together. Clan and tribal issues not present. But warlords/armed men still misbehaving.

Local transport and food business on border with Somalia have doubled their prices due to drought .
 

Met this group near the border. (see photo). They just arrived in Kenya from Somalia. They walked for 21 days. One of the refugees we met today lost 3 children in the bus to Kenya. But she gave birth to a baby girl in the bus, named her Hawa.

Survival Backpacks team distributed food, milk, water. So much more is needed. We are returning to Nairobi Wednesday 20 July for more supplies. Another trip planned.

Thanks for all your support.  Keep it coming. 

Donations needed NOW so we can buy more supplies in Nairobi and return to Liboi. 

Survival Backpacks team videos Somali refugees
Survival Backpacks team videos Somali refugees
Survival Backpacks team interviews Somali refugees
Survival Backpacks team interviews Somali refugees
Jul 18, 2011

Survival Backpacks Team on the Road to Dadaab, Kenya

Team in Dadaab: Ahmed, Deeq, Claudette, Matt
Team in Dadaab: Ahmed, Deeq, Claudette, Matt

Deeq M. Afrika sent this report: 

The Survival Backpacks team is on the ground in Dadaab, Kenya.  Donate to HotSun Foundation at Global Giving and they will send all your money direct to us in Shaallah. We are covering the area between Somalia and Dadaab. No NGO's are operating there and that is where the most people are dying. We are giving survival backpacks to people who are making their way to Dadaab.

Note: Survival Backpack Team includes Ahmed Farah, Deeq M. Afrika, Claudette Oduor (Hot Sun Foundation) and Matt Wilder (Hot Sun Foundation),  (see photo).

Jun 27, 2011

Vincent Urges Support for Josphat Keya, his role model

Josphat Keya with Vincent Oduor Filming in Kibera
Josphat Keya with Vincent Oduor Filming in Kibera

My name is Vincent Oduor Ochieng’. I live in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa.  I am 19 and currently I’m studying filmmaking at Kibera Film School.

I want to share about a close friend of mine - Josphat Keya, the Program Manager of Hot Sun Foundation, who is a great influence of my life. He is that one person who has made my passion in filmmaking grow to the level that it is now. Just recently Josphat selected me to be one of  the trainees that were taking part in a movie set. In that set I was to be a set runner. After some days with the pieces of advice and motivation Josphat was giving me daily, I worked hard to an extent where I was elevated from just being a set runner to a third Assistant Director! When Josphat heard of this he congratulated me and told me to forge ahead.

In class Josphat was my first script teacher. He also gave me directing tips while I was doing my first project which he was my main character too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1BXz0UJacQ. The project came out to be the best.

Josphat started influencing me by drawing me closer to him first and creating that friendship bond. After which he took me through life practical examples of successes and failures, we discuss this together. I still need his guidance in my daily life.

To me Josphat is my role model. The responsibilities that lie in front of him daily at Hot Sun Foundation are so much that they need someone who can be able to steer everything well without rocking the whole organisation. I have seen him handle difficult situations that I thought he’d give up.

Now that he has this scholarship to Ghetto Film School, New York, it is a great opportunity to him. And through him it is a great opportunity to me too. Josphat has given up many things for the sake of this filmmaking industry. He has total belief in it. One thing, whenever Josphat talks about his future in filmmaking he doesn’t think of it as him alone, but also how he can help other fellow youth learn and be transformed. This is going to be a great opportunity for Josphat as a filmmaker, being that he is a promising writer and director. He is disciplined to make it through. Josphat is exceptional.

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Thanks to everyone who contributed  on 15 June Matching Day!                                                                            

Thanks to you, Josphat is only US$850 from his goal to raise the funds needed for his housing and food in New York during his film training at Ghetto Film School.  Not just Josphat, but many young aspiring filmmakers like Vincent will benefit.  Josphat only has till 1 July to raise the funds. 

Contribute today at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632.

Everyone contributing $25 or more will get a postcard from Josphat! 

Thanks for supporting talented young filmmakers like Josphat, who can inspire and train others!  

Josphat assisting Vincent during filming
Josphat assisting Vincent during filming
Josphat and Vincent at Hot Sun Foundation office
Josphat and Vincent at Hot Sun Foundation office

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