Journalist Cooper Inveen visited WAYout in Freetown whilst Frank Turner was there and wrote this article for Rolling Stone
WAYout opened our first branch outside Freetown in Kissi Town, the old refugee camp just outside Waterloo. Home to 23,000 people, many are drop out youth, and still without power or water. Thanks to the Joe Strummer Foundation and Frank Turner’s visit we have rented a small building where people can borrow a camera and editing machine or pick up a guitar and learn digital media skills
WAYout is delighted to announce that Frank Turner is now a patron, following his recent visit to Sierra Leone and the work of WAYout.
Frank Turner visited WAYout in Sierra Leone in March 2017, where he worked with street youth, gangs and ex-combatants, and visited some of the most deprived parts of the country.
Frank’s journey is wonderfully captured in his own blog, here: http://frank-turner.com/blog/ and on his Instagram feed #FTJSFWO
Speaking about the work of WAYout, Frank Turner says: Now that the dust has, for me, settled a little, I can see the enormous value in what they do. One of the comments made to me often by the kids at the project was that they were the only aid group who treated them as individuals, who helped them self-realise. Since starting, more than 2,700 Sierra Leonean kids have passed through the program. It’s not a panacea, these people weren’t “saved” from the situation they were born into, but the project gives real, vital value to their lives.
He joins other patrons – Mark Thomas, Nick Hornby and Ellen Thomas.
See the full press release here: Frank Turner press release 18.4.17
WAYout is delighted to welcome Nick Hornby as a patron to join Mark Thomas and Ellen Thomas in supporting WAYout.
Nick Hornby is the author many books including the novels, High Fidelity, About a Boy, How To Be Good, A Long Way Down (shortlisted for the Whitbread Award) Slam and Juliet, Fever Pitch and Naked. Fever Pitch, About a Boy, High Fidelity and A Long Way Down were adapted for the big screen. Nick Hornby has also been given many awards for his contribution to English Literature which include the ‘Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2006) and ‘Commonwealth Writers Prize’ (2006). He has been given the name ‘The maestro of the male confessional’ for the brilliant portrayal of his male characters in his early novels.
Nick also produces and writes screenplays, adapting Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Colm Toibin’s Brooklyn for screen.
Music has always been important in his life. He has been in collaboration with rock band ‘Marah’, touring America and Europe with them. He also wrote songs for the album ‘Lonely Avenue’ by the singer Ben Folds.
WAYout is delighted to have received a grant from Lush Charity Pots to develop training and a film with the GLBTI community in Sierra Leone.
We are delighted to have received funding from The Evan Cornish Foundation to support training and outreach for disadvantaged and street women. We opened a dedicated women’s room at WAYout, last year. and it was equipped with the support of The Mercers Charity 600. Now we are building on, have created jobs for female trainers and are setting up teaching groups. This is an ongoing, growing project. Watch this space!
The new WAYout Newsletter Summer 2016 is here!
“I’m sending this newsletter to the Irish ambassador so they know how truly incredible WAYout is”
An amazing summary of what has been an amazing year, the new newsletter highlights:
- Two years on in our new home, the WAYout Hub
- The Ebola Crisis – our contribution
- The completion of the Claus Project
- WAYout’s Human Rights projects
- Funding for the Women’s Room
- WAYout music in the charts
- New films and music by The Way group of street youth
- The progress of the Grants scheme
- Competitions and Certificates
- The new WAYout Films
Here’s the link direct to the PDF newsletter – please do share far and wide, to get the WAYOut Word Out!: http://www.wayoutarts.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/WAYout-Newsletter-Summer-2016.pdf
WAYout is very happy to be working with Street Child to produce over 100 short videos to promote their campaign to support mothers so that they can send their children to school. WAYout has worked with Street Child for some time, especially during the Ebola crisis when our photographer, Josta Hopps, had one of his pictures on the front page of the Observer.
WAYout has worked with the Black Street Family for four years and has seen them go from notorious gangsters to serious musicians. Public perception of them has changed, people are no longer afraid. They have completed three albums and the latest “Family Affairs” will be released and launched on 4th March at the Globe Theatre, Freetown. Black Street videos are frequently on national television and the tracks are played on local radio stations.
Fal G, GDD, XYZ, 2 POUND, Star Geezy, Drama MC, Milladaire
Download the album here