Grace, Hot Sun Foundation media intern
I am Grace, a journalism major at United States International University and a social media intern at Hot Sun Foundation in Nairobi, Kenya. My attraction to Hot Sun Foundation comes from two areas of interest to me, my love for media related projects and for poverty eradication from the slums of Nairobi.
As a young person living in Nairobi, I see firsthand how our youth lack opportunities to excel. Our streams for success are very narrow. There is little government help and when one is not from a stable background it can be grinding to maximize your potential. It’s easier to get lost in casual labour, drugs and idling about.
I am grateful that Hot Sun Foundation provides the youth of Kibera and elsewhere the platform to be able to venture into the world of film. Most of the graduates I have spoken to invariably say, the film industry is not where they thought they would end up, not for any other reason but for the fact that film seemed a lofty dream. I admire the founders. Kenya is not one of the easiest places to work in as the government, as is the case elsewhere in the world, can be a very limiting factor.
With organizations such as Hot Sun Foundation it is refreshing to see a non-profit that is contributing with long term effects at hand. One of the graduates I have interacted with confessed to being a criminal before seeing the benefits of adhering to the classes at Hot Sun Foundation. That means he is no longer terrorizing his community. That means he can earn a legal living. A neighborhood with one less criminal has a great ripple effect.
I am happy to support Hot Sun Foundation in whatever way I can.
I am reaching out to all of you, on GlobalGiving, sharing my thoughts and asking you to support this amazing and very challenging work.
Will Hot Sun Foundation be able to continue to offer filmmaking training to urban slum youth?
That depends on YOU.
Hot Sun Foundation’s major grant ends this year.
Your end of the year gift can make the difference for talented youth who have stories to tell.
Give whatever you can… or even a little bit more!
Donate at http://www.goto.gg/3632
Happy Holidays and THANKS!
Grace with Hot Sun Foundation trainees on location