Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

Apr 9, 2012

At a Crossroads

Felix and Francis Kibera youth volunteers
Felix and Francis Kibera youth volunteers

For youth living in East African slums like Kibera, their journey to become filmmakers is a bumpy dirt road with lots of potholes.

After a long journey,  youth in Kibera have reached a crossroads where Hot Sun Foundation is becoming self-sustaining.

Filmmaking training is expensive in terms of equipment, time and human resources.

To keep the Hot Sun Foundation programs going, young filmmakers in Kibera have decided to work three days a week as volunteers.

Youth are donating their time and sharing their skills to help train other youth at the Kibera Film School, film community stories for Kibera TV and provide media services, including sound recordings for local musicians.

Hot Sun Foundation has become an arts and media center supported by the slum youth themselves. 

To pay their living expenses, young filmmaker volunteers work in the informal economy, in local businesses, such as beauty salons,  or do odd jobs on the other four days of the week. 

The youth of Kibera have stepped up to the challenge. 

They are inviting you to join them to support Hot Sun Foundation, their community arts and media center.

Your support is more crucial than ever at this crossroads. 

Hot Sun Foundation is requesting small monthly donations, the equivalent of a dinner at a restaurant once a month, to ensure the continuity of our programs.

Together with the funds raised by the youth themselves through community media services, Hot Sun Foundation will continue to provide opportunities for youth to share their stories through digital video. 

Join the donate-one-dinner a month club. 

Support the youth of Hot Sun Foundation.

Spread the word through facebook, twitter, blogs.

Although monthly donations would be the most useful in sustaining our media programs, any donation is welcome.

Thank you for what you do.

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Rebecca, Wicky: Join Donate a Dinner a Month Club
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Project Leader

Nathan Collett

Nairobi, Kenya

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