Wayout - Worldwide Arts Youth Limited
Who we are
WAYout offers free training and facilities in digital media, music, design and the arts to street and disadvantaged youth in Sierra Leone. We have worked with over 5000 young people, many are now in work, off the street or re-engaged with education, community or family.
Many young people who perceived themselves to have no future have found confidence and ability through the arts. We have between 50 and 100 young people through the doors every day, more if there is a special event or training going on. We also have outreach groups in female prisons and the psychiatric hospital, a music studio in the male prison, a mobile studio and a women's media group in the provinces which has over 60 members and we regularly screen our films in the slum areas and everyone turns out to watch.
Many WAYout members have gone on to work in the media or design, won awards for films, music and poems and received grants and scholarships to travel. We have published poetry books and had our films on international television and had photographs exhibited in The UK and USA. Many others have reconnected with education or family they have not seen for years and all have come to believe in themselves and their futures.
WAYout also offers pastoral care, offering grants to get members off the streets and in to homes and grants to travel to reconcile with their communities. We provide food and shelter at times of crisis like Ebola and Covid 19 lockdowns.
During Covid 19 pandemic we provide food and shelter for our members and their communities. Our members are some of the poorest people in the world who hustle daily for food. They cannot save up for three days supplies never mind two or three weeks.