WAYout are a charity working in West Africa and the UK, running film, media and music programmes to engage street homeless children and youth, get them off the streets and into education or employment – and they are now desparately looking for donations of old or second-hand film and recording equipment and IT. These really range from Macs, cameras to HDV tapes and small headphones.
They have been running these projects since 2007, which have won awards and been hugely successful in engaging and supporting over 1,500 youth in that time. In May 2012, they opened their first WAYout Hub/studio, supported by the Strummerville Foundation, which has engaged with over 350 street youth in its first 6 months. But – THEY NEED YOUR HELP!
They have previously been fortunate enough to gain donations of G4 Macs, cameras and equipment from Southbank University, Princess Productions amongst others. But most of this equipment they have – Macs, studio equipment, cameras, tripods, sound equipment – they have had since 2007, was its self second-hand and, following a lot of wear and tear in Sierra Leone, is now on its last legs. They are desperately looking for new second-hand equipment – can you help?
Below is a list of priority items they are hoping to get – but, in short, any film, music and IT equipment would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to know more about our projects and work, please do visit www.wayoutarts.org, which includes some of their award-winning short films and music videos (made by the street youth).
Unfortunately, they will not be able to take anything that isn’t working, as they can not get things repaired out in Sierra Leone. But if you do have anything, please do let them know – either by emailing theWAYout email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling direct on 07939254610.
Macs able to run Final Cut Pro studio, Logic, Reason, and other music programs – laptops or stack
Cameras- they can use pretty much anything and know its the person who makes the good film, not the camera – so as long as they are decent and record on to a format they can still buy- so, pretty much any cameras.
Lights (they don’t have any, so both little portable ones or for the studio)
Mics, especially rifle mics and boom pole but radio mics too.
Tripods – preferably with fluid head but definitely strong enough for a Z1 type camera
Small HDV tapes
ALSO – if you’re interested in volunteering with WAYout, do get in touch!
Big thanks in advance, they look forward to hearing from you.