Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Matthew, Kibera Film School trainee from Uganda
Matthew, Kibera Film School trainee from Uganda

My name is Matthew

 I came all the way from my home in the town of Jinja, Uganda to learn filmmaking at Kibera Film School in Nairobi, Kenya.  Kibera Film School is unique in all of  East Africa, giving youth hands-on comprehensive filmmaking training.

 The reason why I joined Kibera Film School is because I want to be a good video editor and camera person…be the best Ugandan filmmaker.

 At Kibera Film School, I have met many focused talented souls. I have gotten the chance to interact with caring, talented creatives, who really love what they do. The trainers are willing to share what they know. The experience is fun and challenging.

Scriptwriting has been my major challenge. For my first video project having to come up with a two-minute final script that tells a story has been a challenge, but I am on the right track.

 How would I describe Kibera Film School in three words?     Encouraging,    Unique,    Fun.

Wed. 12 February is your chance to support young East African filmmakers like me. Filmmaking training is expensive. Every trainee at Kibera Film School is subsidized. Donate at

We cannot make it without your support.

Global Giving MATCHING DAY is Wed. 12 February beginning at 9 am EST (East Coast of the USA)

All donations will be matched. Any donation is most welcome.

Please donate EARLY as funds are limited.

THINK OF US and remember to donate on Wed. morning 12 February at

Thank you for all you do.  We are most grateful. 

Matthew, Saumu and Daudi, Kibera Film School
Matthew, Saumu and Daudi, Kibera Film School


Kibera Film School Trainees
Kibera Film School Trainees

Greetings from Hot Sun Foundation!

In their own words,  Kibera Film School trainees share their dreams of becoming filmmakers and why your donation is important.

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Why do I dream of becoming a filmmaker?

Milton Muga…To be the best videographer and tell stories

Lewis Mathew… I am studying filmmaking to be a good video editor…to be able to tell good stories

Saumu Mohammed, ….I want to inspire society through my stories

Mariah Akumu…I am a story teller and observer of life

 Wambui Wanjohi…I've always wanted to study filmmaking. It's my passion

Wawira Njeru…I feel alive telling stories and am passionate about film

 Michael Kuria…I want to tell African stories

 Douglas Mwangi…I want to contribute to a better society through film


Why should people donate to Global Giving?

Milton Muga…To give others a chance to pursue their dreams

Lewis Mathew…A way to change society

Saumu Mohammed….In life we should all learn to share…that is why people should donate

Mariah Akumu…This helps others achieve their dreams

Wambui Wanjohi…Global Giving helps us receive training in filmmaking

Wawira Njeru…It’s the honorouble thing to do - contribute to society

Michael Kuria…Help the needy achieve what they want

Douglas Wwangi…….It feels good to donate

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End 2013 in a positive way.

Support young filmmakers in East Africa.

Make a donation at

Thank you for all you do.

Wishing you, your family, friends, colleagues and the planet,  peace in 2014.

Kibera Community Film Screening honoring Mandela
Kibera Community Film Screening honoring Mandela


Douglas Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee
Douglas Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee

Why is it?

That many youth living in urban slums in East Africa continue to aspire to be filmmakers despite the fact that there are little or no opportunities for them to learn filmmaking?

We at Hot Sun Foundation have been working with talented youth in East African urban slums (also known as "informal settlements") for many years. 

We know that many many youth, female and male, aspire to be filmmakers but there were NO opportunities for them to get hands-on training to do so.

With your support, Hot Sun Foundation offers the opportunity for many urban slum youth to become filmmakers!

Listen to what  Douglas Mwangi has to say

When did you first think of becoming a filmmaker                                                            

Frankly, I can't say there is a time I ever thought of becoming a filmmaker for the first time because I have always seen the world in terms of pictures.

I have always wanted to capture every moment of it, so I feel I was born with a desire of wanting to be a filmmaker. 

How did you find out about Hot Sun Foundation's Kibera Film School?                   

Through the Internet.

What do you like best about Kibera Film School?

Their approach of imparting practical knowledge to students

What is the biggest challenge facing Hot Sun Foundation?

The limited admission spaces to Kibera Film School.

Why should people support Hot Sun Foundation?

So that they can continue developing talents of people who otherwise would never have a chance to become who they wish to be.

Happy Holidays to All!

Your support makes a difference for many young people in urban slums in East Africa.

We appreciate it. 

Douglas with Ivy, a Kibera Film School trainee
Douglas with Ivy, a Kibera Film School trainee


Kibera Film School trainee moving files
Kibera Film School trainee moving files

Thanks to you and all our supporters, we DID IT!

We made the move. 

Hot Sun Foundation has now relocated to a new office behind the chief’s camp in Olympic, Kibera.

It took the entire Hot Sun Foundation family more than four days to settle down in our new location, including planning, packing and transferring all furniture, files and equipment.

The equipment department was very keen during this activity that no loss or damage occurred.  Our sound room is already reinstalled and ready for use.

Thanks to our trustees for cooperation and swift action to enable successful relocation and to our staff, volunteers, and Kibera Film School trainees for their commitment and determination to make this a successful relocation.

Our first community activity will be an open air community film screening dedicated to Nelson Mandela. 

Thanks to all Global Giving supporters.

Special thanks to all who made recent donations. 

Remember us during this holiday season.  Donate at

Asante Sana!

Happy Holidays!

Roy Okello, Program Coordinator, Hot Sun Foundation

P.S. You can buy some of our DVDs online at

Hot Sun Foundation loading truck for move
Hot Sun Foundation loading truck for move
Hot Sun Foundation unloading truck at new office
Hot Sun Foundation unloading truck at new office


Kibera Film School trainees carry equipment
Kibera Film School trainees carry equipment

How is it possible for urban slum youth to travel across Nairobi, Kenya, a congested city with notorious traffic congestion to show their films in an open field?

How is it possible?

With your support!

Community Film Screening

Hot Sun Foundation working with K Youth Media did it! 

Youth from Kibera rented a mini-van, filled it with equipment and their enthusiasm  to bring their short films to youth in an urban slum on the other side of town

Over 3,000 people from the Kariobangi urban slum attended the screening of short films made by youth at Hot Sun Foundation. 

 Feedback from audience 

A young woman commented: I can’t believe it’s you people that made these films. They are inspirational. How can I join you?  

The audience asked Hot Sun Foundation to organise more screenings because they feel their slum has been left behind in filming  and audio-visual story telling. 

You can make MORE community screenings possible

Hot Sun Foundation working with partners like K Youth Media has to fundraise for every community screening they do. 

Each community screening costs $530 for transport, generator fuel, flyers, benches, and rental of the grounds.

Hot Sun Foundation charges NO screening fees for their films nor do they receive any payment for their services. 

Your support

Your donation makes it possible for urban slum youth to make and see films by and about themselves.

During this holiday time, donate to to ensure that MORE community screenings can happen in the urban slums of Nairobi, Kenya.

For a unique holiday gift, you can purchase our DVDs on

Thank you for making a difference!

Happy Holidays!

From Hot Sun Foundation staff

Crowd gathers Kariobangi community film screening
Crowd gathers Kariobangi community film screening



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$50,398 raised of $70,000 goal
686 donations
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