Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Happy Holidays from Kibera Film School trainees
Happy Holidays from Kibera Film School trainees

Holiday time is here.  Time to relax and reflect. 

But at Hot Sun Foundation we have to --PACK and MOVE.   

After four years in our present location, the land lady gave us notice that we have to move our office and training centre because she sold the house.

After an extensive search,  we found another, slightly more expensive location in Kibera, where we can continue working with young filmmakers to tell their stories on video.

Moving always takes time and money.  Our move will cost us EXTRA because we have to relocate our sound room. 

Just relocating the sound room will cost $700.

Materials for packing, transport and related expenses are another $300.

We need to raise $1000 during the holiday giving season to pay for the move.  

Your support is particularly welcome now.

Any amount will help.

To donate:

You can also donate in the name or memory of someone  and send them

notification of your gift.

Please remember the youth in East African urban slums,  who want to tell their stories on video.

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Thank you so much.

Happy Holidays from Hot Sun Foundation


Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees

What does it take to become a filmmaker?




access to equipment and training.


What does it take to become a filmmaker

IF you live in an urban slum in Nairobi, Kenya?


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Kibera Film School,


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Comment by Joash Mageto, filmmaker

In six months, Kibera Film School transformed me into a new person. Today I am confident enough to make a movie of my own. I see a film with a director’s eye now. I have started loving cinema in a true sense only after coming here.


Remember us during the holiday season.

Your support makes it possible for us to become filmmakers!



Hot Sun Foundation staff, graduates and trainees

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees


David Weda at Slum Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya
David Weda at Slum Film Festival, Nairobi, Kenya

 David Weda,  22 years old

What were you doing before  you joined Hot Sun Foundation?

I wasn't doing much, hustling, worked at a restaurant, getting by.  I was working in a hardware shop when I used to see Hot Sun Foundation people walking by with cameras.  Then by chance, Hot Sun Foundation was filming a short film and I was in it, playing myself in the hardware store. After that, I went to the  Kibera Film School graduation and learned more. My attraction to filmmaking grew and grew. 

Hot Sun Foundation meant more than filmmaking skills for me. It meant a new life.  My life had been rough. Guys I was hanging out with were picked up for robbery.  I was included because I was hanging out with them.  The case was dropped, but that incident made me think.  I was that close to going to jail for a long, long time.  My dad was the only one who stood by me. Now I tell other youth, be careful who you hang with.  

When I heard about the intake at Kibera Film School, I thought this is my chance. I must grab it.  I came here to change my life.  Hot Sun Foundation has transformed my life and given me filmmaking skills.

I am grateful to  Hot Sun Foundation. 

Thanks to all of you who support Hot Sun Foundation and young filmmakers like me.

VERY SPECIAL THANKS for everyone who makes a donation on Wed. October 9, Bonus Day. 

Hot Sun Foundation will get 30% more on Wed. October 9.

Mark your calendars. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.  Global Giving BONUS DAY. Wed. October 9.

NOTE:  In July, 2013,  David's father died suddenly. David did not give up his vision of becoming a filmmaker.  His dad had been proud of David's decision  to go to Kibera Film School and transform his life.  David missed several filmmaking classes due to family commitments at the funeral as the eldest son, but he managed to complete all his projects. 

David with other Kibera Film School trainees
David with other Kibera Film School trainees


Charles Isaboke, Kibera Film School trainee on set
Charles Isaboke, Kibera Film School trainee on set

I am Charles Isaboke, age 19,  a resident of the Soweto area of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. 

Greeting to friends of Hot Sun Foundation!

I have been interested in filmmaking ever since 2006, when I was in primary school. I watched Nathan Collett, the founder of Hot Sun Foundation,  and his crew making the award-winning short film Kibera Kid.  Then in 2009, I was Nathan's personal assistant during the shooting in Kibera of the feature film Togetherness Supreme. 

Right out of high school, I knew what I wanted - to join Kibera Film School.  It is an ongoing struggle, but I'm here and working hard daily to learn filmmaking.

My journey of becoming a filmmaker started during the shoot of my first short film project, titled The Out Wash.  The description of my film is:  Three children avenge their stepmother’s cruelty.  I wrote the story based on what actually happened to me, my brother and sister.  While my father was away working, my stepmother refused to give us any breakfast before going to school.  In the film, Out Wash, the children find a clever way to expose the stepmother's cruelty to the entire community.

 If you are a youth, living in the slums in Nairobi, and you want to learn filmmaking,  the only place open for you is here at Kibera Film School .

All trainees are subsidised.  So please support  Hot Sun Foundation.

Without your support, I wouldn't be here.  to make a donation.  Support young filmmakers in East Africa!


Charles Isaboke

Nathan, Wambui, Charles at Kibera Film School
Nathan, Wambui, Charles at Kibera Film School


Joseph Matu, Kibera Film School trainee
Joseph Matu, Kibera Film School trainee

From Robot to Filmmaker

by Joseph Matu

What were you doing before  you joined Hot Sun Foundation?

For seven years, I worked as a computer clerk in a warehouse, as a parts salesman  for buses and trucks

I always wanted to go film school. My  brother  (nine years older) did  nothing but talk about film.  He worked as a cameraman.  Whenever possible, I would go along with him on shoots. 

 I tried to enter a film school three years ago, but could not pay the fees. 

Why did you come to Kibera Film School?

I heard about  Kibera Film School  on Internet. I checked it out. People I know in the film industry looked at the curriculum, and said this was the best they had seen.

What have you learned here?

I always liked to write, but I never understood the skills involved to write a script, until I came here. 

I learned about  the importance of social networking, especially using twitter .

I have also learned  technical skills in photography and videography.

What surprised you about Hot Sun Foundation?

Like many people in Kenya, I had negative misconceptions about Kibera.  I am surprised by the energy and creativity of the people I am working with.  People here have a passion for filmmaking.

I am surprised by the equipment and the facilities, which are quite good.

Hot Sun Foundation was able to attract Bob Collymore,  the CEO of Safaricom, the largest telecom in East Africa to visit us.

What is unique about Hot Sun Foundation?

The way we do things.  We have space to air our ideas. Here we have the clash of ideas instead of personalities. 

What are the biggest challenges for Hot Sun Foundation?

Why aren't we better known?  We have a great film school, have made outstanding short films and yet we are not well known in Kenya.   We need to do more public relations and outreach.

What is your message to people interested in supporting Hot Sun Foundation?

Hot Sun Foundation transforms lives…including mine.  A lot has been invested in me, not just technical skills but becoming a whole human being. 

Working in a warehouse for seven years, for me was like a slow death.  I wasn't learning. I wasn't creative.  I walked through life like a robot.

I am grateful to have this opportunity to learn filmmaking.

Please help make it possible for more youths to have this opportunity.

Kibera Film School trainees
Kibera Film School trainees



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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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