Project #3632

Transform Lives of African Youth by Making Films

by 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.

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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


Noreen Kombe, Kibera film School trainee
Noreen Kombe, Kibera film School trainee

MY WORLD  by Noreen Kombo

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would make my own film. The My World short film project was full of ups and downs like any box-office production. The script was good, the casting was done and the budget was tight.

The night before my shoot I could not sleep. I commute using three public buses in Nairobi to get to Kibera Film School. I had no idea how to carry my props with me. Somehow I managed. 

On the day of the shoot, my actors did not show up! Our former Kibera Film School trainees helped me out with the acting roles, makeup and general set up. It was a hectic day but I was glad my story was now on video tape. It was a very scary experience, but I will of course shoot another film again. It was fun.

I am looking forward to becoming an intern at Hot Sun Films after my training in order to perfect my skills as a writer, film editor and producer. I also want to volunteer at Hot Sun Foundation to help other youth learn filmmaking. 

TAG LINE for my film My World

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In her world, a fighting spirit is all Noreen has to become one of  East Africa’s greatest storytellers.

SYNOPSIS for my film 

Unsuccessful job hunting and empty promises take a toll on Noreen. Depression sets in. At the point of losing hope, she applies for a slot at the Kibera Film School. Her life takes a new turn as she gains filmmaking skills and gets mentored by the best in the industry. Noreen becomes one of the most sought after filmmakers in East Africa.

True life story

My World short film is based on my true life story.  I was quite discouraged, until someone told me about Kibera Film School.  Everything has changed since I became a trainee at Kibera Film School.  The quality, the caring, the sharing at Hot Sun Foundation is unbelievable.

Message to Global Giving Friends

In the holiday spirit of giving, I urge all of our friends and supporters to give whatever you can to Hot Sun Foundation at Your donation goes straight to film training for youth, which leads to transformation for them, their families, their communities.  

A donation in the name of a friend or family member makes a special gift.  You can also purchase our short films at  Look for My World by Noreen Kombe.  Not yet out, but it will be!

Have a wonderful holiday.

Thanks for all you do!

Noreen Kombe 

Noreen (at right) with Kibera Film School trainees
Noreen (at right) with Kibera Film School trainees


Michael Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee
Michael Mwangi, Kibera Film School trainee

My name is Michael Mwangi.  I am 18 years old. 

My very first short film TRUE FRIENDS for the My World video project was a challenge since it required teamwork.

It has made me in a position to acknowledge others and learn how to work with others in a team.I have learned how to lower my ego when dealing with different people.

While shooting my short film TRUE FRIENDS I realized how important preparation and communication is for the crew and for the cast for better production.

In my life I will never ever judge a person just because of his/her appearances because I learnt that what matters is what they can offer.

Film production made me realize that no one can make it alone if not with the help of the people around him.  I could not have done the production of the short film alone without the help of my fellow trainees at Kibera Film School

I will always be grateful to HOT SUN FOUNDATION for giving me the opportunity to gain experience and express my story in such a unique way using film.

I never thought I  could know how even to hold a camera but I had that interest ever since I was a kid. Thanks again to Hot Sun Foundation, I and my other trainees did the best and we managed

Supporters at Global Giving:  please be sure that others can have the opportunity I have had at Kibera Film School.

Donate at

Or give a gift in the name of someone special.

You can purchase Hot Sun Foundation DVDs on



Michael setting up sound for filming
Michael setting up sound for filming
Michael setting up a shot for video
Michael setting up a shot for video


Bonface Mogaka, Kibera Film School grad
Bonface Mogaka, Kibera Film School grad

 My name is Bonface Mogaka. I am an alumni of Kibera Film School.

I graduated last year (2011) and got a job at Themescape Media Ltd, a production company in Nairobi, Kenya. I have been responsible for contents for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, M-net Africa and other productions as well.

Since I joined the Kenyan film industry, it has been tough.  But it was a great opportunity for me to graduate from the Kibera Film School.  My life changed. I feel like Kibera Film School prepared me to cope with the Kenyan film industry and how I could fit into it.

 I am also glad that not only myself but some of my friends from Kibera Film School  have been adopted into the Kenyan film  industry and they are also doing great.

 Now that I finished my contract at Themescape Media,  I thought it would be a good idea to go back and share my experiences with the new trainees at Kibera Film School.

This is the vision of Hot Sun Foundation:  social transformation through media and art.  Kibera Film School grads return to share with others the skills they have gained, creating a positive cycle of transformation.  This is unique in Kenya. 

I have already been interviewed and given a chance as a Post-production Trainer at the School.

 I feel this is a great opportunity not only to give out my skills but also to inspire them to work hard.

During this holiday season, consider giving a gift to honor someone you care about at

Thanks for all you do to support people like me at Kibera Film School


Bonny at Kibera Film School graduation
Bonny at Kibera Film School graduation



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Hot Sun Foundation

Location: Nairobi, Kenya - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Nathan Collett
Nairobi, Kenya
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