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.
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
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.
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