Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
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.

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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.

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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


Ceci, Hot Sun Foundation trainee
Ceci, Hot Sun Foundation trainee

I am known as “Ceci”. I am 23 years old.

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker?

When I was still a teenager, I knew something had sparked inside of me. I yearn to be able to earn the qualities of a good director, to be able to tell our stories in quality of both picture and sound. I am working towards that.

What training have you had with Hot Sun Foundation?

I participated in the Hot Sun Foundation Advanced Filmmaking project and extended my skills in production and camera work.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation important for upcoming filmmakers?

Hot Sun Foundation  exposes young filmmakers to new and upcoming equipment and challenges, therefore building stamina in the world of film which is crucial.

It provides access to quality training for all. 

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

If anyone want to support art they should do so in a place where art is provided for.

For the film enthusiast, Hot Sun Foundation is one way to support art and be sure it is enabling someone else to achieve their dreams of becoming a filmmaker.

Final comment

I recommend that every upcoming filmmaker should have access to training with Hot Sun Foundation. It sure does bring you to the desired level of the industry.

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To follow Ceci’s advice and give young urban slum filmmakers the opportunity to receive filmmaking training at Hot Sun Foundation, we need your support.

We have a waiting list of youth wanting filmmaking training who are unable to pay.

Your donation is an investment in the future of filmmaking and young filmmakers in East Africa, offering opportunity for all to share their stories.

We rely on your donations to provide filmmaking training to urban slum youth with talent but limited financial resources.

 Donate at

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Wednesday 16 September 2015 is BONUS DAY.

Your donation will be matched on this day ONLY.

BONUS  DAY begins at 9 am New York time

(4 pm Nairobi time,  2 pm in London,  11 pm Eastern Australia)

Donations are matched 30% on a first come basis until matching funds run out. 


MARK your calendars TODAY with the DATE and TIME so you won’t forget.

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MANY THANKS for all you do!

Ceci, Hot Sun Foundation training
Ceci, Hot Sun Foundation training


Ondivow, creative young filmmaker
Ondivow, creative young filmmaker

Profile: Creative Young Filmmaker: “Ondivow”

Where are you from? Kibera, Nairobi, Kenya

How old are you? 24

What is your background in filmmaking? I attained a certificate in filmmaking at Kibera Film School

What did you do before the training at Hot Sun Foundation? What was your life like? I was a rude boy                       in the slum of Kibera and could not see someone pass with valuables without trying to rob them.

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker?                                                                                                                           Once I stole a digital camera and was previewing stuff from it. Then I realised that the videos are interesting so I decided not to  sell the camera to the brokers but instead keep the camera to record lives in Kibera. Unfortunately someone stole the camera from where I used to keep it.

How has your life changed since your training at Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                               I can say it changed a lot because now ‘Mavado’ my rude boy name changed to ‘Ondivow’ and the society gained their trust in me again. Now they even want me to train their kids in the photography skills I learnt in the film school

What experiences have you had with Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                                            Hot Sun has built lots of filmmakers from the Kibera slum and also has opened doors to filmmakers around Kenya.

Why is Hot Sun Foundation important for upcoming filmmakers? Because it open doors for them to learn better filmmaking skills compared to the other foundations who are just after your money but don’t build you as a filmmaker.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?                                                                                                      Because it is supporting people who are unable to afford filmmaking training, both basic and advanced.

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Give other slum youth in Nairobi the opportunity to learn filmmaking. 

Donate at

Thank you for all you do!  Your support makes a difference

Ondivow, green cap, Film Crew meeting
Ondivow, green cap, Film Crew meeting



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$50,478 raised of $70,000 goal
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