Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Rose, aspiring filmmaker
Rose, aspiring filmmaker


 I work with the Maasai Mbili artists collective in Kibera (a slum in Nairobi). We make art out of our lives.  Hot Sun Foundation introduced me to a creative way to make films.

Here at Maasai Mbili we do a lot of art and paintings. We learnt from a workshop with Hot Sun Foundation that we could make animations using our paintings.

I also learnt a lot about film festivals and categories which we could enter our films in.

I know so many professional filmmakers here in Kibera who trained in Hot Sun Foundation. Every filmmaker I know from Kibera learned at Hot Sun Foundation.

 Hot Sun Foundation offers the best opportunity for aspiring film makers in Nairobi  to train how to make films.

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GlobalGiving Bonus Day Wed. 15 June offers the best opportunity for you to support aspiring young filmmakers in East Africa.                                                                                            

 On Bonus Day, your donation will be matched!

 Mark the date on your calendar 15 June Wed.

 Plan to make your donation in the morning because funds are limited.

 Thanks for all you do!

Training at Maasai Mbili Art Center
Training at Maasai Mbili Art Center


Clinton, young filmmaker
Clinton, young filmmaker


 I’m passionate about film and I was interested in gaining knowledge at Hot Sun Foundation.

 I am curious about making short films since I haven’t heard much about it.

 What did you learn from the Hot Sun Foundation  training? 

 I was hoping I would learn more about the artistic side of short film making, which I did. I learned about the considerations that go into making a short film and the various platforms on which short films are screened. I also learned about short film festivals

Why is the work of Hot Sun Foundation important?

 Firstly, I commend you on what you are doing, it is a noble thing.

What Hot Sun Foundation does is important because it helps with the growth of youth in the film industry and the overall improvement of standards. You offer opportunities to disadvantaged youth.

 By having experts talk to aspiring film makers,  we are able to gain more insight on the art and are thus better placed to improve the quality of our output.

Thank you Hot Sun Foundation for helping young filmmakers! 


Thank you to all our supporters past and present!

You have made it possible to train 80 young filmmakers from low income communities in Nairobi. 

Please note that the very special GlobalGiving BONUS DAY is only one month away!  

On Wednesday 15 June GlobalGiving BONUS  DAY your donation will be matched!  

Details soon!  

Thanks again for all you do.


Evans, Advanced Film Production trainee
Evans, Advanced Film Production trainee

Evans shares his thoughts:  

The works that Hot Sun Foundation does in the community are really great. When filming was introduced, I really loved the ideas - to me it was like a dream come true . I never knew that I would ever work with a camera .

I was the assistant in art and props for the Hot Sun Foundation Advanced Film Training Project New Eden. I did all the weapons for the warriors and gangs, all the ornaments and set designing. Working on New Eden was all about teamwork and spirit. According to me the whole project was a success, despite the challenges that I went through.

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Hot Sun Foundation started eight years ago with the clear vision that there was plenty of talent in the East African urban slums, but a total lack of opportunities to get the training to develop that talent to become filmmakers.

Hot Sun Foundation has trained 78 youth as filmmakers, 60% of them currently working in the Kenya TV and film industry.

 New Eden, our advanced film training project is currently in post production. We need your support to finish and distribute New Eden to provide training and recognition for young filmmakers in East Africa.

Donate at

In the UK:

 Thank you!

Evans on set of Advanced Film Production training
Evans on set of Advanced Film Production training


Scene from New Eden
Scene from New Eden

Looking ahead!  

Thanks for your support in 2015.

With your help we completed the production phase on location  of our advanced filmmaking project, New Eden, giving young filmmakers from East Africa the opportunity to work on location on a feature length film. 

For 2016, our advanced film production project is in post production.  Then the truly challenging action will be global distribution so that the New Eden film will be a showcase for the talent among young East African filmmakers. 

Please remember Hot Sun Foundation in your year end donations.

All donations are USA tax deductible.

Donate at

In the UK: 

Thanks for all you do!  We do appreciate your support.


Barbara Muriungi, designer
Barbara Muriungi, designer

Interview with Barbara Muriungi, Costume and Art designer


Thanks to the support of friends on Global Giving, Hot Sun Foundation offers quality training in filmmaking for youth from urban slums in Nairobi. 

With our film project, New Eden, we are taking the next step for youth to truly become filmmakers. Learning about equipment, even with our hands-on approach, is not the same as learning on an actual film set. That’s what the New Eden film project offers to graduates of Hot Sun Film School training.

Making a film takes people of many different backgrounds and skills. In the area of costume design and art department, there are very few Kenyan designers with film experience. Hot Sun Foundation is fortunate to have had the talented, creative Barbara Muriungi working with our film school trainees on New Eden. Most of Barbara's work was as a volunteer. 

 1. Tell us about your background working in film and design

 I’ve wanted to be a designer since I was young. I’ve followed that dream all through college, although it was a challenge for me and my family. I then got an opportunity to study more about film in a post graduate program. 

 2. Briefly describe your involvement in the New Eden film project 

 I worked on production design for New Eden. It involved designing 42 costumes and props for the film as well as working months ahead of production on set design. While we filmed, I also worked as the art director in charge of a group of trainees. 

 3. How did you source the costumes for the film New Eden?

 Most of the costumes were made from a ton of second hand materials. Since the film was low budget we couldn’t afford a lot of materials for each and every costume so we made a lot of the extras' costumes out of bed sheets and had the tailors sew about 22 dresses from several of the sheets. Others were made from second hand clothing that we had the tailors remake into the costumes we desired.

It took me four months to process the visual concept to fabrication of the costumes, custom made pieces of jewelry and original handmade weapons for the film. With the post apocalyptic theme of New Eden, all the clothes had to look like they were well-worn.

 4. Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

 Hot Sun Foundation strives to produce great quality work while training youth from all sorts of backgrounds. We still are in post production of the New Eden film and having more support will be greatly appreciated. We need funds to finish and distribute the film as a showcase for the young filmmakers from urban slums in Nairobi.

I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with the young filmmakers of Hot Sun Foundation.  We need more original film projects like New Eden to provide opportunities for low-income youth. 

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Thanks to supporters like you, Hot Sun Foundation is breaking new ground for trainees from urban slum backgrounds.  

We need your support.

Reminder: all donations are USA tax deductible.  

Remember Hot Sun Foundation when you are making donations.

Donate at

Thank you for all you do!

Barbara with trainee preparing props
Barbara with trainee preparing props



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Organization Information

Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$49,500 raised of $70,000 goal
668 donations
$20,500 to go
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