Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Godfrey Chogo, Kibera Film School trainee
Godfrey Chogo, Kibera Film School trainee

Hot Sun Foundation is a unique community-based film training and production centre located in Kibera, East Africa's largest slum.

We train youth from urban slums to be filmmakers.

Most of our graduates (60%) get work in the Kenyan film industry.

Does that mean we are successful?

Yes and No.

We want to do much more. 

Our vision is social transformation through art and media.

How do we do that?

Our Foundation in Filmmaking course is based on learning films through making films. 

The third project during the five-months training is a promotional video for a local community organization.

Here's a story of making a promo video, as told by Godfrey Chogo, a trainee.


Our last project is a promotional video about a theater acting group, Liquid Entertainment Arts in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi. I met them when I was in one of their plays. 

The reason for picking this group for our promotional video project is that Liquid Entertainment Arts has limited means but does a lot to help influence the youth of our country positively through acting.

Our third video project is mainly for gauging If we trainees can get work as filmmakers once we are done with our training.  

The clients have to pay a small amount for the promo video. Hot Sun Foundation assumes the rest of the cost.


In the next report, Godfrey will share some surprises and what he learned while working on the promo video project.

Your donation make our community promotional video projects possible. 

Your donation has a multiplier effect - filmmaking training for urban slum youth PLUS community outreach.

If  you know a group in Nairobi, that needs a promotion video, you can commission one with us.  Contact Anne at

If you would like to learn more about the work of Hot Sun Foundation, please subscribe to our email newsletter.  Send an email to

Thanks for all you do!

Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts
Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts


Pamela Collett at Hot  Sun Foundation
Pamela Collett at Hot Sun Foundation

Is there something you care about so much that you think about it every day?

That's  me and Hot Sun Foundation. 

Having been active in many organizations around the world, working for peace and human rights,  I chose to work with Hot Sun Foundation as a volunteer for the past six years.


The power of youth and the power of video.

The majority of people in Sub Saharan Africa live in urban slums.  The majority of the people in the slums are under 25 years of age. The youth are connected with change and diversity through mobile phones, internet and the dynamism of living in the slums with people from many tribes. 

Through video, young people share their ideas, dreams and challenges with each other as well as with communities far away. Youth are organizing to ensure peaceful elections in Kenya in March 2013.

At Hot Sun Foundation we refer to our short films as stories that travel far.

Hot Sun Foundation offers filmmaking training to youth who dream of making videos, but have no access to  equipment or training. 

Our graduates are making a difference - winning awards,  participating in film festivals,  and working in the Kenyan film industry.  Our graduates are changing attitudes about what youth from urban slums in East Africa can accomplish.

If you make a contribution in the month of February (my birthday month) of $60 or more,  I will send you a DVD of short films from Hot Sun Foundation.

If you sign up for a monthly ongoing contribution of $20 or more, I will send you the entire package of four DVDs, Latest from Kibera.  Monthly contributions are a big help to us.

Whatever you can give will be most welcome.

Thanks for all you do.


Pamela Collett

Communications Volunteer

Aida and Josphat, Hot Sun Foundation staff
Aida and Josphat, Hot Sun Foundation staff
It's a wrap! Kibera Film School trainees


Happy Holidays from Hot Sun Foundation
Happy Holidays from Hot Sun Foundation

Onwards to 2013... a turning point for all the peoples of Kenya.

Thanks to all our supporters, we kept the programs of Hot Sun Foundation open and active during 2012, including the Kibera Film School and Kibera TV.

In 2012, we trained two groups of youth in filmmaking skills, for a total of 24.  We also had an historic one-month scriptwriting seminar Script Power for all interested, young Kenyan scriptwriters, with a well-known scriptwriter from the USA, Dwayne Johnson-Cochran, co-sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Over 50 short films were produced in 2012 at Hot Sun Foundation by youth in Nairobi - including dramas, documentaries, community reporting - about compelling issues.  Check them out on youtube

The latest short film is a special THANK YOU for Global Giving supporters at

Now is a great time to make a donation to Hot Sun Foundation. 

You can make a donation in honor of a friend as a special gift and get a 2012 tax deduction for yourself (in the USA) Donate at

For more information, see our blogs at 

Thanks for all you do! We appreciate your interest and support.

Wishing you, your families, and friends a peaceful and productive 2013

from the staff, trainees, volunteers at Hot Sun Foundation


Martin Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee
Martin Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee

Making my very first short film,  'Missing' was a rather painful joy.  First of all because of all the work that went into writing the script and the different changes the script went through before it was actually ready to shoot.

Shooting  the film was another hurdle.  Talking about team work was one thing but executing it is a totally different thing. Working with people can be very hard and being thrust out of my comfort zone as I was forced to direct 'Missing'.  I am more of a technical man. It was quite a challenge but I loved every second of it.

The whole experience of making a short film  has really impacted my future as I know now my strong suits and which areas that I am really interested in and  where to concentrate.

I would love to say thank you 

• to Hot Sun Foundation for giving me the opportunity to live my dream to be film maker,

• to my fellow students Isaac Bade, Noreen Kombo, Godfrey Chogo, Shirley Stacy and Michael Mwangi for assisting me in shooting my very first film,

• to the trainers for all the advice and help and a special thank you to trainer and Kibera Film School graduate Joash Mageto

• to Global Giving supporters for believing in us.

 We want your support because you love what we're doing!                                                                                    If you are living in the USA, now is the BEST time to give to receive a tax donation.

Thanks again and again.

A very Happy New Year to you, your family, friends and communities.  

Yours sincerely,

Martin Mwangi

Kibera Film School trainee 

Martin and trainees shooting MISSING
Martin and trainees shooting MISSING


Godfrey Chogo, Kibera Film School trainee
Godfrey Chogo, Kibera Film School trainee

 My name is Godfrey Chogo.  I am a trainee at Kibera Film first  video project was about MY WORLD. Making it wasn’t easy because I had to come up with a script -  something, which I had never done. 

 It was challenging to come up with a script for a  film of two minutes about My World, but thanks to the trainers of Kibera Film School, (all of whom are past graduates of Kibera Film School), I managed to come up with a script.

 After that I had to make it into a short film.  At this point I felt like leaving the school because I needed a crew, cast, and locations but I realized that I am the one to determine my life. Although it wasn’t easy I didn’t give up.

 This gave me courage within myself and also taught me how important it is to work with others. The MyWorld video project made me know that I can do something as long as I have the interest and the passion for it. Understanding others and working with them made me realize that as a filmmaker I need others.

 This has changed my life and I am grateful to Kibera Film School.

 I am also grateful to all supporters on Global Giving.

Your support keeps the Kibera Film School open for me and youth like me.

 During the holidays, remember the youth of Kibera Film School.                                                                        Please make a donation as a gift for someone special.                                                                                        You can also buy our DVDs on - a great gift for everyone. 

 Thank you.


Godfrey Chogo

Godfrey with Kibera Film School team
Godfrey with Kibera Film School team



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
$49,590 raised of $70,000 goal
671 donations
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