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YOUTH UNITY workshop in Kampala, Uganda
YOUTH UNITY workshop in Kampala, Uganda

In filmmaking, co-productions in Africa are usually with established film production companies from Europe. African-African co-productions are  almost unheard of. African-African co-productions among young filmmakers living in east African urban slums undreamt of.  Until now, with the TOGETHERNESS IS, Youth Unity in East Africa through filmmaking project.

In April 2011,  young filmmakers from Hot Sun Foundation's Kibera Film School in Nairobi, Kenya held trainings and film screenings for youth in Kampala, Uganda. Hot Sun Foundation worked with Maisha Labs, and held screenings at Makerere University and Kampala National Theatre. The TOGETHERNESS IS Youth Unity project was funded by the Commonwealth Foundation.

Here's an example of a very powerful short video produced during the Hot Sun Foundation Youth Unity workshops in Kampala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZloYnVjxw14  Dream of Peace in Congo. Anabel, a refugee from Congo living in Kampala, tells her story. 

Victor Oluoch, a young filmmaker from Kibera Film School, who was one of the trainers talks about the workshop:     The participants wished for more workshops like this to spread visual story telling so young people can have a voice to speak to the world. The participants also had their views on the workshop which to me were so powerful. They said that the workshop was a rebirth of a new life and hope in them, remember most of them were refugees from Congo. We had some from Rwanda too, and also some from Northern Uganda. It was all about fostering peace.
To my fellow Kenyans; We shouldn't ever wish for war again. We have a beautiful country to build not to destroy. I don't want to be a refugee, I want to stay home because home is peace.

You can help build Youth Unity in East Africa through youth training  other youth in filmmaking to tell their stories.  Your support of Hot Sun Foundation makes it possible.

Your support is needed NOW more than ever. The three-year foundation grant for Hot Sun Foundation ends in January 2012.  To sustain the work of talented young filmmakers like Victor Oluoch, who is dedicated to peace and training others, we need you. Hot Sun Foundation is asking for your commitment.  

If just 50 people would sign up for $40 per month, we can keep the doors open at Hot Sun Foundation and Victor Oluoch can keep training other youth in filmmaking. 

Any amount is welcome.  A monthly commitment is most useful so that Victor and Hot Sun Foundation know that the money is coming in each month.

Everyone that signs up for a monthly commitment of $25 or more, will receive a DVD of Short Films from Kibera.
Make a contribution today at globalgiving.org/3632.

Please spread the word on facebook, twitter and blogs. 

THANKS! 

YOUTH UNITY workshop discuss video storytelling
YOUTH UNITY workshop discuss video storytelling

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Kibera Film School trainees learning editing
Kibera Film School trainees learning editing

Twelve new trainees at Kibera Film School began classes in February 2011. At Hot Sun Foundation youth from Kibera have the opportunity to learn hands-on filmmaking that will make a difference for themselves and their community. 

Hot Sun Foundation has three major programs. 
1. Kibera Film School with hands-on comprehensive film training;  check out kiberafilmschool.blogspot.com

2. Kibera TV, with community reports every week online, reflecting the community's concerns;  visit kiberatv.blogspot.com

3. Hot Sun Film Klubs in primary and secondary schools, to encourage children to watch good films and consider filmmaking.

All of these community filmmaking activities offering hope and opportunities to East African children and youth living in urban slums depend on YOUR support! 

Hot Sun Foundation is in the final year of our foundation grant. To keep our doors open we need YOU! 
Especially wonderful would be a monthly commitment, no matter how small, that would help keep us going. 

PLEASE Mark your calendars and make a donation on 16 March 2011, Global Giving Matching Day. All contributions will receive an extra 30% matching funds.

Thanks for all you do!

Kibera Film School trainee recites a poem
Kibera Film School trainee recites a poem
Kibera Film School grads train other youth
Kibera Film School grads train other youth

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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
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
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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