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Mar 13, 2012

Following a dream: Matthew's Story

Kibera Film School class, filmmaker Allan Aligula
Kibera Film School class, filmmaker Allan Aligula

Did you ever dream of becoming a filmmaker?

What if you had this dream from childhood, but grew up in Kibera, one of East Africa's largest slums?

Matthew Kigen, age 24, who grew up in Kibera, held on to his dream of becoming a filmmaker. 

Matthew faced many challenges.  His mother wanted him to become an accountant and get a good-paying job.  His heart was not in it. 

When the company he was working for collapsed, Matthew welcomed the defeat as a blessing in disguise.  He went back to his original dream - to tell his stories on film.

Matthew came to Hot Sun Foundation and worked diligently as a volunteer for several months, without telling anyone about his dream to become a filmmaker.  

With quiet determination, Matthew passed the rigorous admissions process to Kibera Film School.  He will join the class that begins 12 March for the five-month Foundation in Filmmaking course.

Matthew's message to Hot Sun Foundation supporters:

Here in Nairobi, when you tell someone you are from Kibera, there is prejudice. We want a chance to prove what we can do. With your support, we will succeed.

Matthew pays only $24 per month for filmmaking training that costs $400 per month per trainee. 

To continue to offer the Foundation in Filmmaking five-month course to talented East African youth like Matthew, Hot Sun Foundation needs your support.

Wed. March 14 is GlobalGiving MATCHING DAY.  On this day, 30% of your donation to http://www.globalgiving.org/3632 is matched. 

Mark your calendars! 

Tell your family and friends on facebook, twitter, blogs.  

Make a donation of any amount on Wed. March 14  Global Giving Matching Day at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Start your day  by making a donation EARLY on Wed. March 14 before matching funds run out.   

Matthew has pursued his dream of becoming a filmmaker.  Now it's up to you! 

Thank you.

Kibera Film School trainee Matthew Kigen
Kibera Film School trainee Matthew Kigen

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Mar 5, 2012

Dynamic Young Woman Filmmaker: Aida Achieng

Aida, camera person, Kibera Film School grad
Aida, camera person, Kibera Film School grad

 If you pop into Hot Sun Foundation offices you will often find AIda at the reception. Aida recently returned from  a two week workshop at the  Kilimanjaro Film Institute in Arusha, Tanzania. She is a member of a team of young East African filmmakers working on a Kiswahili TV series.

A single mother of an 8 year old son, Aida is an upcoming filmmaker. She started as a beautician working on the set in Kibera of the award-winning feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. Aida successfully completed traiing at Kibera Film School and…look where she is now!

Quote from Aida: I love film and I see myself as an aspiring film producer.

More young women in Kibera and other marginalized communities in Nairobi need the opportunity like Aida to get film making training and tell their stories. There are very few young women in the film and media industry in East Africa. Give the young women living in slums a chance.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS PLEASE. Wed. 14 March 2012 is Global Giving Bonus Day!

Your contribution will be matched 30% by Global Giving.

SPREAD the word on facebook, twitter, blogs. Contribute at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Our goal is US$1500, which is one half of one month's operating expenses at the Kibera Film School.

For everyone contributing US$50 or more we will send you a free DVD of either Kibera Kid or Selections from Kibera Film School and Kibera TV.

Kibera Film School is changing lives, like those of Aida, offering opportunities that are a dream come true.

Make it happen! Contribute US $50 or more on MARCH 14, Global Giving Matching Day.

REMEMBER: contribute EARLY on MARCH 14 as matching funds are limited.

Make our day. Make Aida's day and all the young aspiring filmmakers in #Nairobi slum. IT'S OVER TO YOU.

Global Giving Matching Day 14 March 2012  http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Thanks.

Aida, Sound Room Hot Sun Foundation
Aida, Sound Room Hot Sun Foundation

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Feb 13, 2012

Passion for Filmmaking: Grishon's Story

Grishon Onyango at the Hot Sun Foundation office
Grishon Onyango at the Hot Sun Foundation office

My name Grishon Onyango. I am  21 years old.  My passion is photography and filmmaking. 

I got my chance when a friend told me about Hot Sun Foundation. My mom told me to come, but I didn't know how to get here.  I tried three times and finally found it and joined Kibera Film School.

I am just feeling happy about myself.  I go from step to step.  I didn't know how to edit and now I do.  I keep learning.

I made a short video for the project "Operation Smile" that helps children with cleft palates and other problems.  I am proud that my skills can help others.  Now I have some experience. I am a filmmaker.

Hot Sun Foundation is a platform to achieve want you want to do in life.

Message to our supporters:

I just want to thank you for being kind and generous.  

I hope you will continue helping and you will be blessed.

Sincere thanks from all of us at Hot Sun Foundation!

Grishon, Josphat with Belgian visitors Sven, Hilde
Grishon, Josphat with Belgian visitors Sven, Hilde

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Jan 23, 2012

Feel Great about Your Self: Dorcas' Story

Dorcas Saisi, outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Dorcas Saisi, outside Hot Sun Foundation office

My name is Dorcas Saisi. I am 23. I moved to Kibera, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, two years ago.  There was nothing for me in my village. Like so many farmers, I came to Nairobi to look for a job.

My first job was as a house help.  I was paid only Kes 2,000 per month (about US$25) although the official minimum wage in Kenya is Kes 6,000.  Sometimes the family would wake me at 3 am telling me to get busy and clean the house.  I just couldn't do it. I worked so hard but they were never satisfied. 

I decided to become a security guard. But I was fired when I was unjustly accused of taking something from someone's house. 

A friend told me about Hot Sun Foundation.  I want to be a filmmaker so I can show the world how servants and other poor people are mistreated. 

My parents are praying for the success of Hot Sun Foundation.  They hope that more and more poor people can have the opportunity to become filmmakers.

What is my message for our friends and supporters?

When people are helping Hot Sun Foundation, they can see for themselves from our films that they are promoting our talents. 

When you help someone else, it makes you feel great about yourself.

Please offer the opportunity to become filmmakers to more slum youth. 

Contribute at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632.  A monthly recurring contribution is especially helpful.

Thank you for promoting our talents.

Francis and Dorcas, Kibera Film School trainees
Francis and Dorcas, Kibera Film School trainees

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Dec 28, 2011

Bad Company to Good: Polycap Sara's Story

Polycap (r) at Slum Film Festival workshop
Polycap (r) at Slum Film Festival workshop

What was my turning point?  I have a lot to say.  I had a job as a mechanic and lost it.  I became idle, doing weird things, using drugs, staying in bad company.  My life was not sustaining me.

Then I was arrested for a cell phone theft. Jail is a new world. You have to survive on your own. No parents. No family. No support. I felt everyone was against me.  I didn't even want to take meals. 

My sister got me out of jail. She paid for the cost of the cell phone.  But still she thought I was a crook.  I promised her I would change.  I came to Kibera because it's a bit cheaper to live here. 

A friend brought me to the Slum Film Festival workshop at Hot Sun Foundation.  Filmmaking was good from the beginning.  I applied and got into Kibera Film School

For me life is different  at Hot Sun Foundation.  Here something is being done in the slums by people who take the work seriously.

What is my message to our supporters?
What I think about them is that they are kind-hearted, helping someone you don't know really takes a big heart.  They are giving us a chance to express ourselves. They are changing lives.

I really want to tell our supporters just keep on with a willing heart and for sure they will get a reward.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Please keep up the good work by helping us at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Many thanks,
Polycap

Polycap with Kibera TV logo
Polycap with Kibera TV logo
Kibera Film School trainees, Polycap and Felix
Kibera Film School trainees, Polycap and Felix

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