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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