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.
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!  www.tazim.net

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.

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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 http://www.globalgiving.org/3632 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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Feb 25, 2013

Community Filmmakers

Godfrey Chogo preparing for a video project
Godfrey Chogo preparing for a video project

At Hot Sun Foundation, slum youth learn filmmaking through making films in their communities. 

The Kibera Film School trainees' third project during the five months training is a promotional video for a local community organization.

Here's more about making the promo video, as told by Godfrey Chogo, one of the trainees.

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Our last project is a promotional video about a theater acting group, Liquid Entertainment  Arts in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi, where I grew up and live.

What did you learn?

Team work always pays off well.

We need to lower our egos while on set.

What were the obstacles during the project?

We arrived late but surprisingly the client was patient enough and waited for us.

We  had to change our plans, based on what the clients wanted. 

Despite some challenges, we managed to get the work done to the clients' satisfaction.

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 Every donation to Hot Sun Foundation  has a multiplier effect - filmmaking training PLUS community outreach.

 Your donation make our community promotional video projects possible.  http://goto.gg/3632

 If you know a group in Nairobi, that needs a promotion video, you can commission one with us.  Contact Anne at accounts@hotsunfoundation.org

Note that every donation will go farther on Wed. 13 March, Global Giving Bonus Day.  

Mark your Calendars and make your donation early on Wed. 13 March  for a 30% bonus. 

Thanks for all you do!

Kibera Film School trainees at Liquid Arts
Kibera Film School trainees at Liquid Arts

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Feb 11, 2013

Filmmakers with a Vision

Godfrey Chogo, Kibera Film School trainee
Godfrey Chogo, Kibera Film School trainee

Hot Sun Foundation is a unique community-based film training and production centre located in Kibera, East Africa's largest slum.

We train youth from urban slums to be filmmakers.

Most of our graduates (60%) get work in the Kenyan film industry.

Does that mean we are successful?

Yes and No.

We want to do much more. 

Our vision is social transformation through art and media.

How do we do that?

Our Foundation in Filmmaking course is based on learning films through making films. 

The third project during the five-months training is a promotional video for a local community organization.

Here's a story of making a promo video, as told by Godfrey Chogo, a trainee.

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Our last project is a promotional video about a theater acting group, Liquid Entertainment Arts in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi. I met them when I was in one of their plays. 

The reason for picking this group for our promotional video project is that Liquid Entertainment Arts has limited means but does a lot to help influence the youth of our country positively through acting.

Our third video project is mainly for gauging If we trainees can get work as filmmakers once we are done with our training.  

The clients have to pay a small amount for the promo video. Hot Sun Foundation assumes the rest of the cost.

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In the next report, Godfrey will share some surprises and what he learned while working on the promo video project.

Your donation make our community promotional video projects possible. 

Your donation has a multiplier effect - filmmaking training for urban slum youth PLUS community outreach.

If  you know a group in Nairobi, that needs a promotion video, you can commission one with us.  Contact Anne at accounts@hotsunfoundation.org

If you would like to learn more about the work of Hot Sun Foundation, please subscribe to our email newsletter.  Send an email to info@hotsunfoundation.org

Thanks for all you do!

Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts
Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts

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