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.
Feb 22, 2011

Youth Participation in Kenya through Media

Youth media on the move in Nairobi
Youth media on the move in Nairobi

Youth are on the move, in Africa, in the Middle East. We hear it in the news, in our daily conversations, every single day. In Kenya, youth are ready to work for positive, peaceful change before the next national elections in 2012. But youth must have the tools to get involved. Their voices have not been heard.

Kenya has the tools of a new constitution and the media training of Hot Sun Foundation. Hot Sun Foundation through media training is mobilizing youth in the urban slums of Nairobi. We are the new media. We reach out to the youth in the urban slums. We are working for peaceful participation through youth telling their stories.

If change is to include the youth, if change is to be peaceful and positive, we need your support! We are training youth in media skills to have their voices heard. We need support for scholarships for media training.

We need 100 people who will contribute USD 25 per month. Just USD25 per month, will make the difference. The price of one restaurant meal per month will make a difference for youth in urban slums in Nairobi.

Join us TODAY! Sign up for a monthly contribution of USD25 or more and watch us take off! We are poised to make history in Kenya. You can help make it happen. Thank you.

Young women in Nairobi learn camera skills
Young women in Nairobi learn camera skills
Celebration of graduation Foundation in Filmmaking
Celebration of graduation Foundation in Filmmaking
Feb 9, 2011

NEW Foundation in Filmmaking Course Starting

Trainees at Kibera Film School Graduation
Trainees at Kibera Film School Graduation

Twelve more youth from the urban slum of Kibera and their delighted parents and friends celebrated their successful completion of the Foundation in Filmmaking course on 29 January 2011.

Interest is building.  More and more urban slum youth want to learn about filmmaking and how to tell their stories to the world.  Hot Sun Foundation will open another course in Foundation in Filmmaking in February 2011.  We are excited but we face a big challenge.  Talented youth like Steve (pictured below), who has been volunteering for months with the Kibera TV program wants to join us.  However, he cannot pay any tuition or fees.

Steve and many many other talented youth like him, needs your support.  Only USD 135 per month will pay ALL his tuition, fees, materials and lunches.  Only $135 per month can change lives, offer new opportunities and provide new stories about the lives of urban slum youth.

The very best support for Steve and talented youth who aspire to be filmmakers would be for supporters to donate USD $135 per month on a recurring basis. 

We are looking for  35 people to pay USD 35 per month to become a FRIEND of Hot Sun Foundation.  Having 35 Friends would allow us to give scholarships to six youth.  Friends of Hot Sun Foundation will receive an annual DVD package of our current films plus a biannual newsletter. 

Join the Friends of Hot  Sun Foundation TODAY.   And tell your family, your friends, your church, and community group to join us!  All donations are most welcome and appreciated! 

Steve, a Kibera TV volunteer
Steve, a Kibera TV volunteer
Dec 20, 2010

Victor's Success Story and a Request

Victor Oluoch shooting a short film
Victor Oluoch shooting a short film

I am Victor Oluoch Mmboga, 23 years of age. I obtained a Kenya Certificate of Primary Education at Mituri Primary School in Western Kenya.

I moved to Nairobi in early 2005, hoping to get money from a relative to go to secondary school but it didn’t work out.  I made my living in the informal economy, buying and selling used clothing.  I am a survivor. 

I came to join Hot Sun Foundation in early 2008 after I heard of KIBERA KID a short film which was very famous in Nairobi by then. I wanted to follow up and meet the filmmakers of KIBERA KID but before I made the move, the director Nathan Collett was on one of the local TV stations where he gave out information about Hot Sun Foundation.  I searched Kibera until I found Hot Sun Foundation. Someone gave me a camera, although I had never used one.  I started working on the filming the auditions for the feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. 

Today I’m a different person from who I was. Hot Sun has transformed me to a visual and creative storyteller. Now I have a future and I believe I’m on the highway to achieve my dream. I joined Kibera Film School in August 2009 and graduated from the filmmaking foundation course in April 2010.

I love Kibera Film School for it has built others and me skillfully. And as the school continues to grow, many more talented youth in Kibera are going to be discovered and transformed to creative storytellers, too. I’m the director of one of the fastest growing projects of Hot Sun Foundation -KIBERA TV where we collect daily stories of Kibera and upload them on YouTube and kiberatv.blogspot.com.  KIBERA TV has brought many youth together to learn about filmmaking using Flip cameras and editing techniques. Many organizations have come forward to use KIBERA TV to highlight the community’s stories and outreach.

I hope these two projects, Kibera Film School and Kibera TV, grow wide and big because these are the vital tools to bring change in Kibera. One of the te main challenges we face is adequate equipment.

Everyone reading my story can help out but donating at www.globalgiviing.org/3632. 

Thank you and my best wishes to all for the holiday season.

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