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 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.


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.


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

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Thanks for all you do!

Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts
Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts


Jan 28, 2013

The Power of Youth plus Video

Pamela Collett at Hot  Sun Foundation
Pamela Collett at Hot Sun Foundation

Is there something you care about so much that you think about it every day?

That's  me and Hot Sun Foundation. 

Having been active in many organizations around the world, working for peace and human rights,  I chose to work with Hot Sun Foundation as a volunteer for the past six years.


The power of youth and the power of video.

The majority of people in Sub Saharan Africa live in urban slums.  The majority of the people in the slums are under 25 years of age. The youth are connected with change and diversity through mobile phones, internet and the dynamism of living in the slums with people from many tribes. 

Through video, young people share their ideas, dreams and challenges with each other as well as with communities far away. Youth are organizing to ensure peaceful elections in Kenya in March 2013.

At Hot Sun Foundation we refer to our short films as stories that travel far.

Hot Sun Foundation offers filmmaking training to youth who dream of making videos, but have no access to  equipment or training. 

Our graduates are making a difference - winning awards,  participating in film festivals,  and working in the Kenyan film industry.  Our graduates are changing attitudes about what youth from urban slums in East Africa can accomplish.

If you make a contribution in the month of February (my birthday month) of $60 or more,  I will send you a DVD of short films from Hot Sun Foundation.

If you sign up for a monthly ongoing contribution of $20 or more, I will send you the entire package of four DVDs, Latest from Kibera.  Monthly contributions are a big help to us.

Whatever you can give will be most welcome.

Thanks for all you do.


Pamela Collett

Communications Volunteer

Aida and Josphat, Hot Sun Foundation staff
Aida and Josphat, Hot Sun Foundation staff
It's a wrap! Kibera Film School trainees


Dec 30, 2012

Painful Joy

Martin Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee
Martin Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee

Making my very first short film,  'Missing' was a rather painful joy.  First of all because of all the work that went into writing the script and the different changes the script went through before it was actually ready to shoot.

Shooting  the film was another hurdle.  Talking about team work was one thing but executing it is a totally different thing. Working with people can be very hard and being thrust out of my comfort zone as I was forced to direct 'Missing'.  I am more of a technical man. It was quite a challenge but I loved every second of it.

The whole experience of making a short film  has really impacted my future as I know now my strong suits and which areas that I am really interested in and  where to concentrate.

I would love to say thank you 

• to Hot Sun Foundation for giving me the opportunity to live my dream to be film maker,

• to my fellow students Isaac Bade, Noreen Kombo, Godfrey Chogo, Shirley Stacy and Michael Mwangi for assisting me in shooting my very first film,

• to the trainers for all the advice and help and a special thank you to trainer and Kibera Film School graduate Joash Mageto

• to Global Giving supporters for believing in us.

 We want your support because you love what we're doing!                                                                                    If you are living in the USA, now is the BEST time to give to receive a tax donation.

Thanks again and again.

A very Happy New Year to you, your family, friends and communities.  

Yours sincerely,

Martin Mwangi

Kibera Film School trainee 

Martin and trainees shooting MISSING
Martin and trainees shooting MISSING


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