Survival Backpacks for Somali refugees in Kenya

by Hot Sun Foundation
Aug 1, 2011

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Somali refugees waiting for assistance
Somali refugees waiting for assistance

Hot Sun Foundation and Global Somali  Emergency Response are delighted with the response to date from many many people around the world - 260 so far and climbing.  Thanks to all of you, we are over half way to our goal of $25,000. We want to keep you updated on what is going on and how we are using the funds.  Here are some questions supporters have asked us. 

Q: Are donations going into Survival Backpacks or is some for the documentation part of the project?
A: All donations go into the Survival Backpacks. The video documentation is funded by the filmmaker volunteers.  They are doing reports for blogs and developing a documentary to share the stories of the Somali refugees with all who are interested. So it's a synergy.

Q: How are logistics of Survival Backpacks funded, i.e purchasing, packing, transport and distribution?
A: Currently Hot Sun Foundation and its Somali filmmaker partners are absorbing the costs of personnel and infrastructure for purchase, packing, transport and distribution. We are able to do this because Hot Sun Foundation has existing infrastructure in Nairobi. To cover logistics and personnel costs of Survival Backpacks, we are basically doing it in addition to everything else we do.

Q: Are there any other overhead costs?
A: Yes, Global Giving has a set percentage of 15% for the work they do. Bank transfer and other fixed costs use another 3%.  The rest goes to buy Survival Backpacks.  The backpacks and contents cost $20 each. We are trying to get discounts from Nairobi suppliers.

Here is a comment from one of our supporters on facebook: "Thanks, that's what I appreciate as transparency! Will add my $25 when I get home on the weekend. Good luck with & many blessings for this project!"

Media update: On 28 July 2011, Ahmed Farah, a member of our team, was on The Stream on Al Jazeera English "Pocket Change for Somalia"


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THANKS for all you do

Deeq handing out milk to Somali refugees
Deeq handing out milk to Somali refugees



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Organization Information

Hot Sun Foundation

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

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