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.
Apr 15, 2013

My Success Story

Wilfred with daughter Angel
Wilfred with daughter Angel

By Wilfred  Bha-Yanho, 21 years old,  (aka Bi-Y)

I was only 16 when I started Kibera Film School in 2009.  At Kibera Film School, I gained the vision and the experience to become a filmmaker. 

Now I am working freelance in filmmaking and journalism in Nairobi.  I have also taught  camera at a local institute.  I have worked on documentaries with social and community relevance. 

I am giving back to Kibera Film School by training other youth in camera.

You are key to our work.

Because of you, Hot Sun Foundation can change the negative perception that many people have of youth growing up in the slums. 

Your support keeps Hot Sun Foundation going.

Most of the Kibera Film School graduates are working in the Kenyan media industry and doing a good job. 

Thanks to you and your donations, slum youth have gained respect as filmmakers.

Your support for Hot Sun Foundation helps other youth out there that are jobless and cannot afford the fees for film school.

Your donation goes a long way to provide quality filmmaking for urban slum youth.

Please give whatever you can. 

Here's where your funds will go:

USD 30 pays for one day's stipend for a professional filmmaker volunteer to train youth at the Kibera Film School

USD 60 pays student fees for one week of filmmaking training.

USD 100 pays for one month's electricity.

Thank you for all you do.

Warm regards,


Wilfred celebrates with 2012 Graduating class
Wilfred celebrates with 2012 Graduating class


Mar 12, 2013

Success with Your Help

Anne at Hot Sun Foundation peace films screening
Anne at Hot Sun Foundation peace films screening

Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!

My name is Anne Mwaniki.  I am the financial manager for Hot Sun Foundation.

I have worked at Hot Sun Foundation since 2008. I have seen the lives of many youth transformed by learning filmmaking at Kibera Film School.  Most of our graduates are working in the Kenya film industry. 

I know we do a great job in providing training for youth to tell their own stories on Kibera TV.

We need your help.  Donations from people like you keep this creative, life changing work going. 

Matching Day Wednesday 13 March 2013 9 am East Coast, USA

We want to tell you about a special opportunity for you on Wednesday March 13 beginning at 9 am Eastern Daylight Time (USA).

Every donation, up to US$1000 will be matched by 30%!  For example, If you donate US$100 it becomes US$130!

Whatever amount you give, your donation will be matched.

Don't miss this opportunity.  Mark your calendars, your mobiles, your computers to remind you to donate starting at 9 am (East Coast Time, USA), Wednesday 13 March.

This is an opportunity for you and for us. 

Please make a donation of any size on Wednesday 13 March starting at 9 am East Coast, USA time.

Note that funds usually run out within two hours, so don't delay. Check the time where you live and donate between 9 - 11 am East Coast USA time, Wednesday 13 March.

Many thanks for all you do!


Anne Mwaniki

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Shirley and Joash, filming in Kibera
Shirley and Joash, filming in Kibera


Mar 4, 2013

An Ardent Supporter

Tazim Elkington, our ardent supporter
Tazim Elkington, our ardent supporter

The day of writing this update, 4 March 2013, is a special day… national elections in Kenya. 

And Hot Sun Foundation is a special educational program for youth - the only comprehensive filmmaking school and production center, located in Kibera, Nairobi, East Africa's largest slum.

Hot Sun Foundation and Kibera Film School are working for peace with community groups and through showing our videos everywhere.

We have the support of some amazing people in Nairobi and beyond.

Meet one of our supporters:

Tazim Elkington, who calls herself: The Indian Black Butterfly!  Paradigm Shifter, Trainer, Writer, Speaker and Poet  Her motto is: Truth is when what people think, say and do are in harmony!

For several years, Tazim has worked as a volunteer with the youth  at Hot Sun Foundation to inspire and challenge them regarding their commitment, initiative, identity and teamwork.  Her contribution has been invaluable.

Here's what she wrote in an email after her most recent session at Hot Sun Foundation:

Hi All, What an amazing morning!! I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for bringing me into your space and help shift mindsets.

Here's what Tazim posted on facebook:

It is my honour and pleasure to be part of this wonderful journey for the amazing work you and the teams do (at Hot Sun Foundation) ! I thank you all for the opportunity! My best Tazim Elkington

Tazim describes herself as "an ardent supporter" of Hot Sun Foundation.


Today mark on your calendar Wed. 13 March 2013

At 9 am Eastern Daylight Time (Washington DC, USA), on Wed. 13 March,  Global Giving will give you the opportunity to become  an "ardent supporter" of Hot Sun Foundation.

Wed. 13 March 2013 9 am EDT is the opening of Global Giving Matching Day where every donation will be matched by 30%. 

But do not wait… the matching funds can be depleted within two hours.

Join Tazim as an "ardent supporter".

Make a donation to on Wed. 13 March between 9 - 10 am Eastern Daylight Time (USA).

Many thanks.

Tazim at Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
Tazim at Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya


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