My name is Matthew
I came all the way from my home in the town of Jinja, Uganda to learn filmmaking at Kibera Film School in Nairobi, Kenya. Kibera Film School is unique in all of East Africa, giving youth hands-on comprehensive filmmaking training.
The reason why I joined Kibera Film School is because I want to be a good video editor and camera person…be the best Ugandan filmmaker.
At Kibera Film School, I have met many focused talented souls. I have gotten the chance to interact with caring, talented creatives, who really love what they do. The trainers are willing to share what they know. The experience is fun and challenging.
Scriptwriting has been my major challenge. For my first video project having to come up with a two-minute final script that tells a story has been a challenge, but I am on the right track.
How would I describe Kibera Film School in three words? Encouraging, Unique, Fun.
Wed. 12 February is your chance to support young East African filmmakers like me. Filmmaking training is expensive. Every trainee at Kibera Film School is subsidized. Donate at www.goto.gg/3632
We cannot make it without your support.
Global Giving MATCHING DAY is Wed. 12 February beginning at 9 am EST (East Coast of the USA)
All donations will be matched. Any donation is most welcome.
Please donate EARLY as funds are limited.
THINK OF US and remember to donate on Wed. morning 12 February at www.goto.gg/3632
Thank you for all you do. We are most grateful.
Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!
In their own words, Kibera Film School trainees share their dreams of becoming filmmakers and why your donation is important.
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Why do I dream of becoming a filmmaker?
Milton Muga…To be the best videographer and tell stories
Lewis Mathew… I am studying filmmaking to be a good video editor…to be able to tell good stories
Saumu Mohammed, ….I want to inspire society through my stories
Mariah Akumu…I am a story teller and observer of life
Wambui Wanjohi…I've always wanted to study filmmaking. It's my passion
Wawira Njeru…I feel alive telling stories and am passionate about film
Michael Kuria…I want to tell African stories
Douglas Mwangi…I want to contribute to a better society through film
Why should people donate to Global Giving?
Milton Muga…To give others a chance to pursue their dreams
Lewis Mathew…A way to change society
Saumu Mohammed….In life we should all learn to share…that is why people should donate
Mariah Akumu…This helps others achieve their dreams
Wambui Wanjohi…Global Giving helps us receive training in filmmaking
Wawira Njeru…It’s the honorouble thing to do - contribute to society
Michael Kuria…Help the needy achieve what they want
Douglas Wwangi…….It feels good to donate
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End 2013 in a positive way.
Support young filmmakers in East Africa.
Make a donation at goto.gg/3632
Thank you for all you do.
Wishing you, your family, friends, colleagues and the planet, peace in 2014.
Why is it?
That many youth living in urban slums in East Africa continue to aspire to be filmmakers despite the fact that there are little or no opportunities for them to learn filmmaking?
We at Hot Sun Foundation have been working with talented youth in East African urban slums (also known as "informal settlements") for many years.
We know that many many youth, female and male, aspire to be filmmakers but there were NO opportunities for them to get hands-on training to do so.
With your support, Hot Sun Foundation offers the opportunity for many urban slum youth to become filmmakers!
Listen to what Douglas Mwangi has to say
When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker
Frankly, I can't say there is a time I ever thought of becoming a filmmaker for the first time because I have always seen the world in terms of pictures.
I have always wanted to capture every moment of it, so I feel I was born with a desire of wanting to be a filmmaker.
How did you find out about Hot Sun Foundation's Kibera Film School?
Through the Internet.
What do you like best about Kibera Film School?
Their approach of imparting practical knowledge to students
What is the biggest challenge facing Hot Sun Foundation?
The limited admission spaces to Kibera Film School.
Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?
So that they can continue developing talents of people who otherwise would never have a chance to become who they wish to be.
Happy Holidays to All!
Your support makes a difference for many young people in urban slums in East Africa.
We appreciate it.
Thanks to you and all our supporters, we DID IT!
We made the move.
Hot Sun Foundation has now relocated to a new office behind the chief’s camp in Olympic, Kibera.
It took the entire Hot Sun Foundation family more than four days to settle down in our new location, including planning, packing and transferring all furniture, files and equipment.
The equipment department was very keen during this activity that no loss or damage occurred. Our sound room is already reinstalled and ready for use.
Thanks to our trustees for cooperation and swift action to enable successful relocation and to our staff, volunteers, and Kibera Film School trainees for their commitment and determination to make this a successful relocation.
Our first community activity will be an open air community film screening dedicated to Nelson Mandela.
Thanks to all Global Giving supporters.
Special thanks to all who made recent donations.
Remember us during this holiday season. Donate at goto.gg/3632.
Roy Okello, Program Coordinator, Hot Sun Foundation
P.S. You can buy some of our DVDs online at www.buykiberakid.com
How is it possible for urban slum youth to travel across Nairobi, Kenya, a congested city with notorious traffic congestion to show their films in an open field?
How is it possible?
With your support!
Community Film Screening
Hot Sun Foundation working with K Youth Media www.facebook.com/KyouthMedia did it!
Youth from Kibera rented a mini-van, filled it with equipment and their enthusiasm to bring their short films to youth in an urban slum on the other side of town
Over 3,000 people from the Kariobangi urban slum attended the screening of short films made by youth at Hot Sun Foundation.
Feedback from audience
A young woman commented: I can’t believe it’s you people that made these films. They are inspirational. How can I join you?
The audience asked Hot Sun Foundation to organise more screenings because they feel their slum has been left behind in filming and audio-visual story telling.
You can make MORE community screenings possible
Hot Sun Foundation working with partners like K Youth Media has to fundraise for every community screening they do.
Each community screening costs $530 for transport, generator fuel, flyers, benches, and rental of the grounds.
Hot Sun Foundation charges NO screening fees for their films nor do they receive any payment for their services.
Your donation makes it possible for urban slum youth to make and see films by and about themselves.
During this holiday time, donate to goto.gg/3632 to ensure that MORE community screenings can happen in the urban slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
For a unique holiday gift, you can purchase our DVDs on buykiberakid.com
Thank you for making a difference!
From Hot Sun Foundation staff
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