My name is Ronald Omondi. I am 23 years old. I live in Kibera.
Things were going good for me. I had a sponsored job that allowed me to also go to school. Then something went wrong with the sponsorship program and I was out on the street again. Selling CDs. In the slum, you can find yourself falling into drugs and hanging out with the idle youth.
A friend told me about the Slum Film Festival at Hot Sun Foundation. I attended a workshop, applied to Kibera Film School and here I am.
Since I joined Hot Sun Foundation, it's like a home to me. I am gaining more talents. The staff is treating us well. We learn in a relaxed and open way.
I really appreciate what supporters on Global Giving are doing for us. You are good Samaritans helping slum youth who don't have the opportunity to gain knowledge in filmmaking.
I appreciate that you are helping youth who live far away from you.
Happy Holidays and many thanks to all friends of Hot Sun Foundation wherever you are.
My name is Michael Robert Munyore. I am 21 years old
My father passed away when I was eight years old. My dad's relatives raised me. My mother is somewhere in Western Kenya. I am lucky. I'm on my own but my cousin in Kibera helped me finish high school.
When I look to my future, I see success. I don't do drugs. So many friends wasted their lives with drugs, petty crime. I want to go somewhere with my life. That's why I don't look back and worry about the past.
I always had a passion for filmmaking. I came across the Hot Sun Foundation sign in Kibera and wanted to know what was behind it. I joined Kibera TV as a volunteer. I then applied and joined Kibera Film School. Remember I said I am lucky and focused on my future.
My life in Hot Sun has improved me in so many ways. I have made good contacts with filmmakers in the school and good friends. When I need support I know whom to go to. I have grown education wise. I am building my character and my career at the same time. So far so good.
What is my message to Global Giving supporters? I would tell them they should not give up. They are investing in success. What they give today will be given back to them tomorrow.
Continue to support young filmmakers at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632
Be creative. During the holiday season, you can give a gift to Hot Sun Foundation and have a gift card sent to your friend or family member.
Many thanks for all you do.
My name is Quenter Okumu. I am 24.I live in Kibera with my two children: Mario 4 1/2 and Kyla 2 1/2. My mom has a tailoring shop in Kibera. She takes care of my children while I study full time at Kibera Film School . My mother gives me her full support to learn filmmaking. She drives me, telling me you have to do it.
What do you like about Kibera Film School? The way we treat each other. No one laughs at you or asks how come you don't know this. He or she shows you how to do something. At Kibera Film School, it is mostly men.
Why are there not more women at Kibera Film School?What can I say? Most women lack someone to motivate them - to push them . When your family is not supporting you, they tell you that you can't do this - you have to look for a job - you have to take care of the family. Women are not encouraged to go to school or get technical training like filmmaking.
My Message to Global Giving supporters? Congratulations for what you are doing. Don't lose hope or lose heart. Keep helping youth from Kibera, those that want to go farther.I am really excited about Amazing Race Kibera. This is our chance to show people what is going on in Kibera and get more support for Kibera Film School. People will follow clues that take them to different community groups and learn about their work.
Please spread the word about Hot Sun Foundation (http://www.globalgiving.org/3632) on facebook, twitter, emails.
Thank you SOO SOO SOO much. Without your support, I and the others couldn't be here at Kibera Film School.
My name is Vincent Oduor. I am 20 years old.
I've been on my own in Kibera since 15, when my mother died. My dad died when I was ten. When relatives came to take my younger brothers and sisters back to their village, I argued with them. I refused to leave. I thought I would have a better chance to go to school in Kibera than in the village.
I had no family left in Kibera. My neighbors helped me. They believed in me and paid for my textbooks. I worked to pay my school fees. I did it. I graduated from high school.
I never had a childhood. I always had to work. I used to help my mom with the younger children. I don't think about going out or fancy clothes. I'm not like some other youth. I value myself and my future.
I love to write… stories… plays… A friend told me about Kibera Film School. I decided that through film I could reach more people with my stories. At Hot Sun Foundation, we share the same vision - working as a team to be good filmmakers
My message to Global Giving supporters: You have really done a great job.
Some of us youth from the slums didn't know we could do certain things in life, like enter big buildings in downtown Nairobi, get respect from upper classes, have people appreciate our videos.
Just keep giving us this opportunity. We know we can be creative. We can make it with your support.
I really do appreciate your joining us in the AMAZING RACE for KIBERA.
Many thanks. Happy Holidays to all of you and your families! Keep up the good work!
While Hot Sun Foundation and Kibera Film School are celebrating the Amazing Race Kibera on Dec 3, 2011 in Kibera, supporters and friends around the world will join them in
The Amazing Race FOR Kibera 23 November - 31 December
A race to see how many lives we can touch, how many people we can change through our participation with Hot Sun Foundation and Kibera Film School on http://www.globalgiving.org/3632
Every week: A new profile of one of the youth whose lives have been changed thanks to you.
Special Prizes during the Amazing Race Kibera• KIBERA KID DVDs• Selections of Kibera Film School and Kibera TV Sept 2011 DVDs
24 November 2011 USA ThanksgivingStart your Thanksgiving Celebration by helping others. First donation on Thanksgiving wins a DVD of award-winning film KIBERA KID
3 Dec 2011 Amazing Race FOR Kibera First person to donate any amount AND POST on facebook an update on Amazing Race Kibera and that they donated : wins a DVD of Kibera Film School/Kibera TV Short Film SELECTIONS
First person to donate any amount AND TWEET about Amazing Race Kibera and their donation: wins a DVD of Kibera Film School/Kibera TV Short Film SELECTIONS
24 Dec 2011 Christmas Eve: make someone's Christmas brighter Last person to donate any amount: wins a DVD of KIBERA KID
25 Dec 2011 Start your Christmas celebration off by sharing with someone in Kibera The FIRST person to donate any amount: wins KIBERA KID DVD
31 Dec 2011 Last chance to win the Amazing Race KiberaLAST person to donate any amounts wins a DVD of Kibera Film School/Kibera TV Short Film SELECTIONS
Between 23 Nov - 31 December Amazing Race Kibera Everyone donating $200 or more: wins a KIBERA KID DVD AND KFS/KTV Selections Everyone donating $125 wins a DVD of Kibera Film School/Kibera TV Short Film SELECTIONS
Thanks for all you do! Enjoy your holiday season and share the joy with others!
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