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
It’s been another busy few months at WAYout, and a lot has been happening both during the Ebola crisis and after.
– The end of ebola –
The country was declared officially Ebola free and we did a report on WAYout during Ebola – see here
After Ebola film
– Certificates – We held the first certificate giving since Ebola and 89 certificates were given for photoshop, editing- beginners and advanced, logic
WAYout certificate event
– WAYout produced 5 films and an album by five traditional musicians with kind support from the Prince Claus Foundation. These covered subjects such as disability in Sierra Leone, FGM, live as an ex-child soldier, and the musicians we worked with.
Cover of one of the films made
Yalaba with the CDs
– WAYout Grants – 8 new people have been provided grants to set up their own homes, and 2 more in education – one literacy (a young woman, quite rare in Sierra Leone) and one WASSCE (the equivalent of a UK A level). WAYout also funded and supported several visits to long lost family, and funded 2 new business start ups.
– BBC Broadcast
– “After the Jungle”,
about Mash P, an ex-child soldier trying to rebuild his life through music at WAYout, was broadcast on BBC News and many partner broadcasters and was shared a lot via social networks. Following on from making the film, Mash P’s music videos and tracks have had a surge in support and airplay.
– Computers and Women’s Room – New computers arrived, thanks to ‘Computers for Africa’. One was specifically for our Womens’ Room. We still need more, as demand is still very high!
– We also secured some funding from the Mercers Guild to equip the women’s room which has begun.
The Women’s Room with computers donated by ‘Computers for Africa’
– The Writers group shot their first half hour drama about rape called “Damaged Heart”. This was a big thing, a massive learning exercise and a sensitive approach to rape. The result is looking really good.
Filming ‘Damaged Heart’
– WAYout Celebration event for The Way Group – the group of street youth-turned-film-makers held a celebration of their work. The attitude of the community and family had changed towards them since they joined The Way Film group. However, their communities didnt really know what they did – so the event invited the community down, and we showed films and played the music they have made over the last 3 years. We had great attendance, including family members that hadn’t seen them in years. The Way group really enjoyed it too.
There have been 257 Way members and about 50 are regular attendees.
The Way Film Group celebration event
– ‘Freedom’ design competition – We ran another photoshop competition on the theme of Freedom.
– On the radio – We’ve recorded the 30 minute radio show for Share Radio here in London. More news on that soon.
– In the studio – Black Street Family and Wanted getting lots of radio play and videos on TV and feeling famous but still no money. Will probably do a show in March if Africell support us. Also Fisherman on the radio a lot and planning a launch in March.
– UK Collaborations – between Black Street, Wanted, Che and Mash P with UK producers and singers are producing some great results. Thanks to producer Jay and singer Shelly.
– Live reggae album – It took a while, but WAYout has produced our first live reggae album, by Jahman. We hope it gets some good attention.
– Volunteers – we continue to benefit from volunteers. Hannah McInerny is currently out there teaching keyboards and music productions – but we could always benefit from more. Please get in touch if you’re interested!
George Wyndham came into WAYout to ask if he could train to be a journalist. He is a sportsman but knew that it could not last forever and as he sleeps on the floor of his coach’s office we decided he qualified to come to WAYout. But George’s career as a table tennis player is by no means over. He survived poverty, polio and conflict and won international medals for his country in table tennis. Ebola stopped him getting to the China qualifier but George is fighting back. We raised funding for George and he is now at the qualifiers in Australia and we hope he will be going for gold at the paralympics in Brazil 2016. But he needs your help to get him there and we will be fundraising again soon to support George.
We are delighted to have the Joe Strummer Foundation behind us. Once again they have provided equipment to open a small sound studio to support our main studio. They also sent out James Adams to set it up and teach logic and create some beats. He was also able to add to the skills of our two engineers, John and Gibo.
We have recorded five musical acts and nearly finished five documentaries as part of the Prince Claus Fund project.