Education
 Kenya
Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by Hot Sun Foundation
Tazim Elkington, our ardent supporter
Tazim Elkington, our ardent supporter

The day of writing this update, 4 March 2013, is a special day… national elections in Kenya. 

And Hot Sun Foundation is a special educational program for youth - the only comprehensive filmmaking school and production center, located in Kibera, Nairobi, East Africa's largest slum.

Hot Sun Foundation and Kibera Film School are working for peace with community groups and through showing our videos everywhere.

We have the support of some amazing people in Nairobi and beyond.

Meet one of our supporters:

Tazim Elkington, who calls herself: The Indian Black Butterfly!  Paradigm Shifter, Trainer, Writer, Speaker and Poet  Her motto is: Truth is when what people think, say and do are in harmony!  www.tazim.net

For several years, Tazim has worked as a volunteer with the youth  at Hot Sun Foundation to inspire and challenge them regarding their commitment, initiative, identity and teamwork.  Her contribution has been invaluable.

Here's what she wrote in an email after her most recent session at Hot Sun Foundation:

Hi All, What an amazing morning!! I enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for bringing me into your space and help shift mindsets.

Here's what Tazim posted on facebook:

It is my honour and pleasure to be part of this wonderful journey for the amazing work you and the teams do (at Hot Sun Foundation) ! I thank you all for the opportunity! My best Tazim Elkington

Tazim describes herself as "an ardent supporter" of Hot Sun Foundation.

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Today mark on your calendar Wed. 13 March 2013

At 9 am Eastern Daylight Time (Washington DC, USA), on Wed. 13 March,  Global Giving will give you the opportunity to become  an "ardent supporter" of Hot Sun Foundation.

Wed. 13 March 2013 9 am EDT is the opening of Global Giving Matching Day where every donation will be matched by 30%. 

But do not wait… the matching funds can be depleted within two hours.

Join Tazim as an "ardent supporter".

Make a donation to http://www.globalgiving.org/3632 on Wed. 13 March between 9 - 10 am Eastern Daylight Time (USA).

Many thanks.

Tazim at Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya
Tazim at Hot Sun Foundation, Nairobi, Kenya

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Godfrey Chogo preparing for a video project
Godfrey Chogo preparing for a video project

At Hot Sun Foundation, slum youth learn filmmaking through making films in their communities. 

The Kibera Film School trainees' third project during the five months training is a promotional video for a local community organization.

Here's more about making the promo video, as told by Godfrey Chogo, one of the trainees.

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Our last project is a promotional video about a theater acting group, Liquid Entertainment  Arts in Mathare, a slum in Nairobi, where I grew up and live.

What did you learn?

Team work always pays off well.

We need to lower our egos while on set.

What were the obstacles during the project?

We arrived late but surprisingly the client was patient enough and waited for us.

We  had to change our plans, based on what the clients wanted. 

Despite some challenges, we managed to get the work done to the clients' satisfaction.

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 Every donation to Hot Sun Foundation  has a multiplier effect - filmmaking training PLUS community outreach.

 Your donation make our community promotional video projects possible.  http://goto.gg/3632

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

Note that every donation will go farther on Wed. 13 March, Global Giving Bonus Day.  

Mark your Calendars and make your donation early on Wed. 13 March  for a 30% bonus. 

Thanks for all you do!

Kibera Film School trainees at Liquid Arts
Kibera Film School trainees at Liquid Arts

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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.

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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.

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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 accounts@hotsunfoundation.org

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

Thanks for all you do!

Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts
Interview at Liquid Entertainment Arts

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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.

Why? 

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.

Sincerely,

Pamela Collett

Communications Volunteer

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

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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 http://www.youtube.com/user/kiberatv.

The latest short film is a special THANK YOU for Global Giving supporters at http://bit.ly/RJUyAH.

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 http://goto.gg/3632

For more information, see our blogs at http://www.kiberafilmschool.blogspot.com. 

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

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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.hotsunfoundation.org
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
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