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!
Follow the AMAZING RACE Kibera on twitter and facebook
Kibera Film School Trainees want to Thank You for your ongoing support.Your are appreciated. You are changing lives. Reminder: October 19 is GlobalGiving Matching Day when your support goes farther.Please check out the spontaneous, heartfelt thank you which Kibera Film School trainees did today for you.Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTdXGWYtIRI OR http://www.kiberatv.blogspot.com/Asante Sana! Thank you so much!
My name is Reinhert Onduru. I am 18 years old. Facebook brought me to Hot Sun Foundation. I came to Kibera from my home on the Western side of Kenya, many hours away, near the border with Uganda.
I had a friend on facebook - a German woman who does charity work in Nairobi. I told her that after a year of not paying secondary school fees, I was shown the door. Although I had to drop out of school and help my mom at her food stall, I started a film club in my home town, Kisumu. My dream has always been to make movies.
I've never met my facebook friend in person. When I asked for her help to study filmmaking, she told me she had heard about a film school in Kibera. I contacted the Hot Sun Foundation coordinator on facebook. When he called me and told me to come to Nairobi for an interview, I dropped the phone I was so excited.
My parents were unsure. "But Kibera is just a big slum. How can there be a film school there?" I had to show them the Hot Sun Foundation website on my mobile phone. Then they believed me. They said I could go, but they had no money to support me.
Now, I live in a small room at the Hot Sun Foundation office. Before I came here, I knew nothing about making films. In the film club back home, we wrote short plays and called them scripts. Now I know how to write scripts and use a video camera.
When I have learned everything I possibly can about filmmaking at Hot Sun Foundation, I'll go back home to Kisumu. I want to build our film club into a real film training center so we can tell our stories.
My message to the friends of Hot Sun Foundation is to keep on supporting us. Hot Sun Foundation does help us youths learn filmmaking. We can reach people through our short films. Then they can see that we've done something. When we finish our training, we can train others. Help us help others.
Please remember to donate on Wed. Oct 19th MATCHING DAY at http://www.globalgiving.org/3632.
I am very grateful for the opportunity that facebook and Hot Sun Foundation gave me to learn filmmaking. Thank you for your support.
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