How To Help?

We gratefully accept donations here to help STAWI in Kibera, Kenya. These are gifts from your kind heart and are not tax-deductible at this time.

Currently gifts are going towards the Orphan's and Vulnerable Children's feeding program which costs about $500 every six weeks to feed 40 orphans two meals on the weekend. All monies received go directly to them by bank wire.

If you'd like to speak with a live body about Stawi and how you can help you can call Cinema Libre Studio at 818-349-8822 and ask for Beth or email me at
bportello (at)

1) Increase feeding program to offer more meals for more children.

Goal would be $1000/month

2) Micro-credit loans.

The folks at Stawi are HIV+ and have been unable to qualify for "official" micro-loan programs although they have applied and I have queried from my end. In 2007, we raised over $3,000 for this program from friends and family and saw immediate effects. With loans ranging from $50 to $500 we were able to set up small businesses, mostly small grocery shops, coal sellers and cooking businesses, with these business owners thrilled to be able to feed their families and pay for school fees for their children. We were just about to see the first round of loans re-paid (which would have been converted into new loans) when the extreme violence broke in December 2007 following the elections - the violence was most extreme in the slums and most of the STAWI businesses were destroyed. We did receive some nice photos which you can view here:

Goal is to raise $2,500.00 to get this program started again.

Other programs we will details out in future include:

Education Sponsorships
Start a sewing cooperative

We accept gifts for STAWI by check, money order or PayPal.

To order by PayPal:

Please note this will take you to our Paypal account called which comes to us.


To send a check or money order:

Please include your email address with the check/money order so that I can add you to our email list and share pictures and comments from our friends in Kibera!

Make payable to: The Filmanthropy Project

Mail to:

The Filmanthropy Project
c/o Cinema Libre Studio
8328 De Soto Avenua
Canoga Park, CA 91304

If you'd like to help in another way, please feel free to contact me at the email address above. I can use help in developing this program and doing outreach to other NGO's or grant-giving entities.

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    "While making movies around the world - both features and documentaries - that in their way denounced the plight of the disenfranchised, I was always disturbed that we took more than we gave back. On the one hand, it is crucial that we share
    the stories of the most vulnerable with the world, but in truth, it doesn't do anything
    for them on a short-term basis. They entrust us with their stories; they open their homes and their lives to us with the hope that it will bring them relief and aid. Unfortunately, even if we want to be optimistic and believe that the movie,
    once released, will bring some form of change, they'll probably be dead by the time any changes can be implemented in their slum/barrio/village. I felt that it was time to help on a short-term basis. Filmmakers cannot only take - they have
    to give back."

    Philippe Diaz, founder of Cinema Libre Studio and Director of "Access Denied".