Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

 
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Kibera Film School trainee moving files
Kibera Film School trainee moving files

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.

Asante Sana!

Happy Holidays!

Roy Okello, Program Coordinator, Hot Sun Foundation

P.S. You can buy some of our DVDs online at www.buykiberakid.com

Hot Sun Foundation loading truck for move
Hot Sun Foundation loading truck for move
Hot Sun Foundation unloading truck at new office
Hot Sun Foundation unloading truck at new office

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Kibera Film School trainees carry equipment
Kibera Film School trainees carry equipment

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 support

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!

Happy Holidays!

From Hot Sun Foundation staff

Crowd gathers Kariobangi community film screening
Crowd gathers Kariobangi community film screening

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Happy Holidays from Kibera Film School trainees
Happy Holidays from Kibera Film School trainees

Holiday time is here.  Time to relax and reflect. 

But at Hot Sun Foundation we have to --PACK and MOVE.   

After four years in our present location, the land lady gave us notice that we have to move our office and training centre because she sold the house.

After an extensive search,  we found another, slightly more expensive location in Kibera, where we can continue working with young filmmakers to tell their stories on video.

Moving always takes time and money.  Our move will cost us EXTRA because we have to relocate our sound room. 

Just relocating the sound room will cost $700.

Materials for packing, transport and related expenses are another $300.

We need to raise $1000 during the holiday giving season to pay for the move.  

Your support is particularly welcome now.

Any amount will help.

To donate:  goto.gg/3632

You can also donate in the name or memory of someone  and send them

notification of your gift.

Please remember the youth in East African urban slums,  who want to tell their stories on video.

Donate at goto.gg/3632.

Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from Hot Sun Foundation

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Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees

What does it take to become a filmmaker?

Creativity,

committment,

AND

access to equipment and training.

 

What does it take to become a filmmaker

IF you live in an urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya?

 

Hot Sun Foundation,

Kibera Film School,

AND

Supporters like you on Global Giving.   goto.gg/3632

Comment by Joash Mageto, filmmaker

In six months, Kibera Film School transformed me into a new person. Today I am confident enough to make a movie of my own. I see a film with a director’s eye now. I have started loving cinema in a true sense only after coming here.

 

Remember us during the holiday season.

Your support makes it possible for us to become filmmakers!

 

THANKS!  

Hot Sun Foundation staff, graduates and trainees

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees

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David Weda at Slum Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya
David Weda at Slum Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya

 David Weda,  22 years old

What were you doing before  you joined Hot Sun Foundation?

I wasn't doing much, hustling, worked at a restaurant, getting by.  I was working in a hardware shop when I used to see Hot Sun Foundation people walking by with cameras.  Then by chance, Hot Sun Foundation was filming a short film and I was in it, playing myself in the hardware store. After that, I went to the  Kibera Film School graduation and learned more. My attraction to filmmaking grew and grew. 

Hot Sun Foundation meant more than filmmaking skills for me. It meant a new life.  My life had been rough. Guys I was hanging out with were picked up for robbery.  I was included because I was hanging out with them.  The case was dropped, but that incident made me think.  I was that close to going to jail for a long, long time.  My dad was the only one who stood by me. Now I tell other youth, be careful who you hang with.  

When I heard about the intake at Kibera Film School, I thought this is my chance. I must grab it.  I came here to change my life.  Hot Sun Foundation has transformed my life and given me filmmaking skills.

I am grateful to  Hot Sun Foundation. 

Thanks to all of you who support Hot Sun Foundation and young filmmakers like me.

VERY SPECIAL THANKS for everyone who makes a donation on Wed. October 9, Bonus Day. 

Hot Sun Foundation will get 30% more on Wed. October 9.

Mark your calendars. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.  Global Giving BONUS DAY. Wed. October 9.

NOTE:  In July, 2013,  David's father died suddenly. David did not give up his vision of becoming a filmmaker.  His dad had been proud of David's decision  to go to Kibera Film School and transform his life.  David missed several filmmaking classes due to family commitments at the funeral as the eldest son, but he managed to complete all his projects. 

David with other Kibera Film School trainees
David with other Kibera Film School trainees

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Nairobi, Kenya

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