Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Sandra, Hot Sun Foundation trainee
Sandra, Hot Sun Foundation trainee

Greetings! My name is Sandra. I am 21 years old.

I have a passion for cinematography and film making. My passion is who I am, and this mindset has been crucial to my own personal happiness.

 Loving film making is one thing, but another thing is entirely living it. I am training in cinematography and production with Hot Sun Foundation.

 I am a special effects make up artist. I trained myself using you tube videos and online tutorials. I am specializing in it although it has been hard not having access to the make up itself. But am still trying my best and working with what I have.

 What do you hope to do in filmmaking?

 I want to be a film maker and have a production company here in Kenya. God willing I want to open a film training institute like Hot Sun Foundation where people with an interest in becoming film makers can train the best way possible.

I appreciate talent. I would like to sponsor young stars, (orphans) with art related talents and provide them with opportunities to explore them.

 Hot Sun Foundation gives me a platform to explore my dream. I also intend to use the same platform to create more opportunities for others.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation's work important?

Hot Sun Foundation helps and trains young filmmakers and gives them an opportunity to work with professionals and good equipment.

It is making a contribution to the society by supporting the creative development of films and providing opportunities for young filmmakers to have training and to network.

 Why should people donate to Hot Sun Foundation?

Hot Sun Foundation nurtures talents and trains interested young film makers to be professional film makers, which enables them to have various job opportunities and makes them able to earn a living, which changes their lives.


 Thanks to all our old and new supporters!

Your contributions make a difference for young filmmakers in East Africa.

 Donate at

Thank you

Sandra with RED camera
Sandra with RED camera


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.



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Organization Information

Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$49,920 raised of $70,000 goal
677 donations
$20,080 to go
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