Hot Sun Foundation

Vision of Hot Sun Foundation: Social transformation through art and media. Mission: Identify and develop youth talent in East African slums to tell their stories on film. Rapid urbanization in East Africa and lack of options leads to wasted talent and frustration among the youth. Training in filmmaking enhances their creative potential, creating role models and cultural leaders from within their communities.
Mar 5, 2012

Dynamic Young Woman Filmmaker: Aida Achieng

Aida, camera person, Kibera Film School grad
Aida, camera person, Kibera Film School grad

 If you pop into Hot Sun Foundation offices you will often find AIda at the reception. Aida recently returned from  a two week workshop at the  Kilimanjaro Film Institute in Arusha, Tanzania. She is a member of a team of young East African filmmakers working on a Kiswahili TV series.

A single mother of an 8 year old son, Aida is an upcoming filmmaker. She started as a beautician working on the set in Kibera of the award-winning feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. Aida successfully completed traiing at Kibera Film School and…look where she is now!

Quote from Aida: I love film and I see myself as an aspiring film producer.

More young women in Kibera and other marginalized communities in Nairobi need the opportunity like Aida to get film making training and tell their stories. There are very few young women in the film and media industry in East Africa. Give the young women living in slums a chance.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS PLEASE. Wed. 14 March 2012 is Global Giving Bonus Day!

Your contribution will be matched 30% by Global Giving.

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Our goal is US$1500, which is one half of one month's operating expenses at the Kibera Film School.

For everyone contributing US$50 or more we will send you a free DVD of either Kibera Kid or Selections from Kibera Film School and Kibera TV.

Kibera Film School is changing lives, like those of Aida, offering opportunities that are a dream come true.

Make it happen! Contribute US $50 or more on MARCH 14, Global Giving Matching Day.

REMEMBER: contribute EARLY on MARCH 14 as matching funds are limited.

Make our day. Make Aida's day and all the young aspiring filmmakers in #Nairobi slum. IT'S OVER TO YOU.

Global Giving Matching Day 14 March 2012  http://www.globalgiving.org/3632

Thanks.

Aida, Sound Room Hot Sun Foundation
Aida, Sound Room Hot Sun Foundation

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Feb 13, 2012

Passion for Filmmaking: Grishon's Story

Grishon Onyango at the Hot Sun Foundation office
Grishon Onyango at the Hot Sun Foundation office

My name Grishon Onyango. I am  21 years old.  My passion is photography and filmmaking. 

I got my chance when a friend told me about Hot Sun Foundation. My mom told me to come, but I didn't know how to get here.  I tried three times and finally found it and joined Kibera Film School.

I am just feeling happy about myself.  I go from step to step.  I didn't know how to edit and now I do.  I keep learning.

I made a short video for the project "Operation Smile" that helps children with cleft palates and other problems.  I am proud that my skills can help others.  Now I have some experience. I am a filmmaker.

Hot Sun Foundation is a platform to achieve want you want to do in life.

Message to our supporters:

I just want to thank you for being kind and generous.  

I hope you will continue helping and you will be blessed.

Sincere thanks from all of us at Hot Sun Foundation!

Grishon, Josphat with Belgian visitors Sven, Hilde
Grishon, Josphat with Belgian visitors Sven, Hilde

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Jan 23, 2012

Feel Great about Your Self: Dorcas' Story

Dorcas Saisi, outside Hot Sun Foundation office
Dorcas Saisi, outside Hot Sun Foundation office

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.

Francis and Dorcas, Kibera Film School trainees
Francis and Dorcas, Kibera Film School trainees

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