We did it!!!! Massive thanks to all those who joined our Crowdfunder, to create music and joy with street youth affected by war in Sierra Leone
The war in Sierra Leone is over but it’s effects are devastating. Many people were killed, many were forced to leave their homes, many live in severe poverty, as well as recovering from the Ebola crisis and mudslide.
Last year, with the incredible organisation WAYout Arts, we developed a creative music programme with young people living on the streets in Sierra Leone. The young people set up their own choir, wrote songs and created a small team to bring music to a juvenile centre, a disabled village and slum area Ferry Junction.
We want to keep the work going with these amazing young people to develop long-term music programmes and bring joy and happiness to the streets of Freetown! We need you to make this life-changing work happen.
Milestone 1: £2000
Will enable WAYout to employ 10 local Sierra Leoneans to set up regular music sessions for young people living on the street and run taster sessions with 2 local groups whose lives have been devastated by war.
Milestone 2: £5000
Enables 2 specialist Music Action International facilitators to deliver intensive programmes with street youth, so they can create their own life-changing music programmes in their local community.
Milestone 3: £8000
Pays Sierra Leonian facilitators to create pure joy through regular sessions with disabled people, street youth, Ebola survivors, women in prison and people living in slum areas, towards a large-scale performance in Freetown, with equipment and instruments sourced locally.
Milestone 4: £10,000
Connecting the Sierra Leonean young people with school kids here, to create and share music through online exchange. The young people will explore culture and peace, creating empathy nationally and internationally.
…and there’s more good news: Latest research shows that giving makes you happy, and for every £1 you donate, Arts Council England will also donate £1, making us all twice as happy!
Please give what you can and share with your friends and family Thanks so much!!