WAYout will soon be homeless, like our members. We can't let that happen. WAYout changes the lives of street and vulnerable youth through training and facilities in the arts. Empowering the excluded to re-engage. Over 5,000 young people worked with. In March 2021 we will need a new home.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1123777)
Sierra Leone has 65% youth unemployment and many live on the street. Street survival often means joining a gang or for women, sex work. Lack of free education makes finding a job even more difficult and leads to young people having no voice, confidence or belief in themselves. Young women, especially in the provinces, marry young and suffer domestic abuse. Young men on the streets or in gangs have nothing to lose and are open to organised crime and drug abuse. That's where we come in
Media, music and the arts can be engaged with even for someone with no literacy skills. Members learn skills free, they also learn codes of conduct and work ethics. Digital media and design are growth industries and we have trained young people who now work for broadcasters or are professional freelancers. We offer housing grants and have got 100 off the streets. Members make films about Human Rights which educates, encourages debate and gives confidence and acceptance back into community
Why should someone on the streets not dream of being a musician or filmmaker? Could they dream of this if the facilities were not available to them?
WAYout works with some of the most dispossessed people in a country wracked by war and poverty. This poetry book gives a platform to the unheard and shows that we are all human, all alike.
Based on my current achievements with my poetry, I am now planning to go and see my parents, to show them some of my certificates. To tell them that I am a changed man, no longer a street thug as they used to know me, from crime to career.
Music saved my life. I was lost after the conflict but music saved me.
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