Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Wicky in front of Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi
Wicky in front of Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi

My name is Wickliffe Otieno Mboya. I am 23 years old. Before I came to Hot Sun Foundation, my life took a wrong turn. I was hanging out with the wrong crowd. They were somehow misleading me - taking drugs, working at night, not sure what they were doing. I had contact with Hot Sun Foundation as an extra in the award-winning feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. Then I drifted back to the streets. Hanging out. Doing nothing. Looking for easy money. Me and my friends are called "idle youth". Mercy Murugi, producer of TOGETHERNESS SUPREME and trustee at Hot Sun Foundation saw me. I asked her for 30 shillings to buy a soda. She refused and told me to come with her to the Hot Sun Foundation office. I started working as a volunteer with Kibera TV, an online community news service at Hot Sun Foundation. Then I was accepted to Kibera Film School where I learned all aspects of filmmaking. To this day I am working with Hot Sun Foundation. I go back to the street and tell my old friends, they can change their ways. Most of them are gone - either dead or in jail. I go back to see my mum and bring her food for the family. She marvels and tells me that I am a different Wicky from the one she knew. What does Hot Sun Foundation offer to the larger community? When someone sees the me before and the me now, he asks where I am coming from. I am not the way I used to be. I used to only take. Now I am a positive person in the community, sharing all that I've got. Every film that we do here is based on a true life story - something that effects the community. When they see the films, they get a teaching out of it. People should continue to contribute to Hot Sun Foundation. We are making peace through showing our films, like TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. We need to bring peace in different locations. We don't have money for that. Hot Sun Foundation brought a turning point for me and many youths in slums. Here's my message to our supporters: Thank you for what you are doing. You are really touching people's lives - that's what all people should aspire to. Even if it is only one life, you will be remembered for that. I only ask you to continue - changing lives, bringing peace through creating young filmmakers. Please mark 19 October Wednesday on your calendar. On that day, Global Giving will match your donation, making it go much farther. Thank you. Remember Wed. 19 October is Matching Day. I'll look for you then. Sincerely, Wicky

Wicky explains Slum Film Festival to visitor
Wicky explains Slum Film Festival to visitor
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, feature film made in Kibera
TOGETHERNESS SUPREME, feature film made in Kibera


Emmanuel Jal, global peace activist
Emmanuel Jal, global peace activist

A special visitor to Hot Sun Foundation this month -  Emmanuel Jal, South Sudanese former "lost boy", hip hop rapper for peace who lived many years in Kenya, now on a mission for peace (  Jal came to Hot Sun Foundation  in Kibera, sitting outside our office in a circle of plastic chairs  under a corrugated tin roof

Youth from Kibera, sharing their stories of the post election violence in Kenya (Dec 2007 - March 2008)
- Waking up one morning and your aunt tells you the sad news of the murder of your parents, travelling on the road

- The loss of a friend, chopped down

- Another friend who lost his legs

- A young man whose girl friend was snatched away and raped

 One youth from Kibera commented,
Before we had been living in peace and did not know what it was until we lost it in the post election violence now we know. Now we must ensure that the violence never happens again

Talking, sharing, texting, filming for PEACE That is the focus of the young filmmakers at Hot Sun Foundation.

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Thank you for all you do.

With your help, we are making a difference. 

Meeting with Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Meeting with Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Filming Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation
Filming Emmanuel Jal at Hot Sun Foundation


Slum Film Festival logo Nairobi Aug 2011
Slum Film Festival logo Nairobi Aug 2011

When you hear the word "slum", what do you think of? 

The mainstream media usually depicts slums as places of poverty, crime and violence.  But in Nairobi and many other cities in sub Saharan Africa, urban slums are where most of the population lives.  The living conditions may be  substandard, but slums are home to many talented, creative young people with stories to tell.

Hot Sun Foundation has been working with youth in the slums of Nairobi since 2000.  We started the Kibera Film School in 2009. 

In August 2011, working with other slum-based cultural groups and with the support of the Spanish Embassy in Nairobi, Hot Sun Foundation initiated the Slum Film Festival that focuses on films made by and about the slums. The pilot edition of the Slum Film Festival focused on the images of slums in Nairobi. For two weeks, audiences in the Nairobi slums of Kibera and Mathare could watch films about their own lives made by young filmmakers.

Here's what Robert, 21, a Kibera Film School trainee has to say about the Slum Film Festival:

For me it meant the passion of art from the youths of Kibera Film School and other slum areas...exchanging our ideas and working as a team to tell our own stories.

The audiences were really motivated and inspired by what the youths are doing. They never thought that youth from the slums could become filmmakers. 

 With the next Slum Film Festival, we should not only consider the slums… we should move out with the slum perspective to reach the youths in other communities.

Your donations to Hot Sun Foundation make it possible for Robert and many other youth to get the skills needed to tell their stories using digital video technology. 

Your donations offer new opportunities for talented youth to become community role models as filmmakers, artists and peacemakers.

Please donate TODAY.  All of your donations are USA tax deductible.

Spread the word on facebook, twitter, blogs.

Thanks for all you do. 

GG Spice entertains Slum Film Festival crowd
GG Spice entertains Slum Film Festival crowd
Robert, 21,  Kibera Film School Trainee
Robert, 21, Kibera Film School Trainee
Hot Sun Foundation team at Slum Film Festival
Hot Sun Foundation team at Slum Film Festival


Kibera youth food drive for famine victims
Kibera youth food drive for famine victims

The youth of Hot Sun Foundation started an inspiring initiative:  Kibera Kwa WaKenya, which means Kibera for Kenya.  Kibera youth are soliciting dry food goods, including maize meal, rice, dried beans for their brothers and sisters in the northern areas of Kenya who are suffering from famine due to prolonged drought.

Kibera, as the largest slum in East Africa, has received ongoing media attention, often negative, as a place of poverty where people ask for handouts.  Kibera youth are showing their true colors by going to marketplaces, businesses, youth groups and asking for food donations for famine victims.  

What has been the response?  Overwhelmingly positive. Many people in Kibera have commented that this is a great idea because it shows the positive side of Kibera, that people are willing to help others.  People of Kibera are inspired by the youth of Hot Sun Foundation. 

Other groups and artists have joined with Hot Sun Foundation including Octopizzo, the young hip hop star from Kibera who heads an organization YGB (Young, Gifted and Black), Jah Army, a community organization, Bank Slave, a graffiti artist and Pamoja FM, community radio. 

At Hot Sun Foundation, all the youth of Kibera Film School and Kibera TV skipped two lunches this week to donate the proceeds to Kibera Kwa WaKenya.

The Kibera Kwa WaKenya food drive ends on Saturday 27 August 2011 when the youth from Kibera will present  to the Kenya Red Cross the food they have collected. 

Kibera TV working with the community youth have made a video We are ready to donate.  Kibera TV has been covering all of the food drive. You can see their videos on YouTube and

The talent, creativity and community leadership of the youth of Kibera, working with Hot Sun Foundation is making a difference. You can make a difference for them.  Keep the community spirit, the creativity, the possibilities expanding for the youth in Kibera. 

Support Kibera Film School and Kibera TV to provide opportunities for youth with a passion for video storytelling.


Pass the word on facebook, twitter, blogs what youth of Kibera are doing.
Thanks for all you do!


Josphat Keya with Vincent Oduor Filming in Kibera
Josphat Keya with Vincent Oduor Filming in Kibera

My name is Vincent Oduor Ochieng’. I live in Kibera, the largest slum in East Africa.  I am 19 and currently I’m studying filmmaking at Kibera Film School.

I want to share about a close friend of mine - Josphat Keya, the Program Manager of Hot Sun Foundation, who is a great influence of my life. He is that one person who has made my passion in filmmaking grow to the level that it is now. Just recently Josphat selected me to be one of  the trainees that were taking part in a movie set. In that set I was to be a set runner. After some days with the pieces of advice and motivation Josphat was giving me daily, I worked hard to an extent where I was elevated from just being a set runner to a third Assistant Director! When Josphat heard of this he congratulated me and told me to forge ahead.

In class Josphat was my first script teacher. He also gave me directing tips while I was doing my first project which he was my main character too The project came out to be the best.

Josphat started influencing me by drawing me closer to him first and creating that friendship bond. After which he took me through life practical examples of successes and failures, we discuss this together. I still need his guidance in my daily life.

To me Josphat is my role model. The responsibilities that lie in front of him daily at Hot Sun Foundation are so much that they need someone who can be able to steer everything well without rocking the whole organisation. I have seen him handle difficult situations that I thought he’d give up.

Now that he has this scholarship to Ghetto Film School, New York, it is a great opportunity to him. And through him it is a great opportunity to me too. Josphat has given up many things for the sake of this filmmaking industry. He has total belief in it. One thing, whenever Josphat talks about his future in filmmaking he doesn’t think of it as him alone, but also how he can help other fellow youth learn and be transformed. This is going to be a great opportunity for Josphat as a filmmaker, being that he is a promising writer and director. He is disciplined to make it through. Josphat is exceptional.


Thanks to everyone who contributed  on 15 June Matching Day!                                                                            

Thanks to you, Josphat is only US$850 from his goal to raise the funds needed for his housing and food in New York during his film training at Ghetto Film School.  Not just Josphat, but many young aspiring filmmakers like Vincent will benefit.  Josphat only has till 1 July to raise the funds. 

Contribute today at

Everyone contributing $25 or more will get a postcard from Josphat! 

Thanks for supporting talented young filmmakers like Josphat, who can inspire and train others!  

Josphat assisting Vincent during filming
Josphat assisting Vincent during filming
Josphat and Vincent at Hot Sun Foundation office
Josphat and Vincent at Hot Sun Foundation office



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
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