Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

Jun 6, 2013

Aida and the In Laws

Aida Achieng, Kibera Film School Coordinator
Aida Achieng, Kibera Film School Coordinator

Have you ever had a misunderstanding with your inlaws?

What if your inlaws came into your house and took away everything you own?  

Outrageous?  Unbelievable?

Two years ago, one of the trainees at Kibera Film School was preparing to shoot a short film.  The main actress didn't show up.   The trainee asked Aida to take the lead part. Aida Achieng, 28, graduated from Kibera Film School in 2010 . She is currently the coordinator of the Kibera Film School.

In the short  film, titled The Inlaws, the grieving widow, played by Aida, lost everything, even a photo of her deceased husband.

According to Kenyan tradition, after the death of the husband, the inlaws come and take all of the property from the widow, and sometimes even her children.

In real life, following the death of her husband nine years ago, Aida's inlaws came to her apartment and took  everything, leaving her with an empty house. 

Aida is pleased with the film: In Laws got prizes in film festivals. I was able to show what women who don't have voices are going through. I want all Kenyans to see this film and change this tradition.

These are the type of films that the youth at Kibera Film School are making - stories of lives of people whose voices are not heard - stories that can help change lives and destructive traditions.

You can be a co-producer of films like The Inlaws and help change the lives of women like Aida.

Support young East African filmmakers!  Donate at

Your support will go 50% farther for ONE DAY ONLY - Wed. 12 June - Bonus Day.

Mark it on your calendar, mobile phone, computer. 

Remember to support young East African filmmakers on Wednesday 12 June.


Aida with son Effy
Aida with son Effy


May 22, 2013

International Actress visits Hot Sun Foundation

Caroline Goodall & two Kibera Film School trainees
Caroline Goodall & two Kibera Film School trainees

Hot Sun Foundation attracts many international visitors. One of the most enthusiastic of our recent visitors was Caroline Goodall, internationally known as a leading actress who has starred in blockbusters including Schindler's List (1993), Hook (1991), Cliffhanger (1993), Disclosure (1994), White Squall (1996).

Kevin Kiarie, a KFS trainee wrote the following comments about Caroline Goodall's visit:

It was 11th May 2013 on a Saturday morning. Kibera Film School was a beehive of activities.  Everyone was excited to spend a day with Caroline Goodall.

 Caroline showed us some of her films. The films were really amazing. From her work in acting she advised us and said that filmmaking is not about moneymaking but passion is everything. That has been her driving force all along.

 Her seriousness and humor was coupled with her great personality.  I think that the video of her visit to Hot Sun Foundation would make a scene in a movie!

 Caroline promised to help connect Hot Sun Foundation to the outside world after seeing the amazing work done by Kibera TV.

 Caroline  was overjoyed with her visit and promised to come back again.

 Thank you Caroline for a memorable visit.  We will never forget you!


Hot Sun Foundation  is opening up a whole new world of opportunities for youth in the urban slums in East Africa.

 Your support buys cameras and pays tuition fees so that we can offer filmmaking training to youth that changes their lives and their communities.

 Your donations of any amount are always most welcome.

 In June, Global Giving is offering a special opportunity on Wednesday 12 June. Your contribution will be matched 50%.

 Please mark Bonus Day Wed 12 June on your calendar.

 Thanks for all you do!

Caroline Goodall at Hot Sun Foundation
Caroline Goodall at Hot Sun Foundation


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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