ARTSL gains charity status in the UK
The Chief Executive Director of Art Resourceful Tourism Sierra Leone (ARTSL), Mr. Sheka B.A. Manasaray Jr. (in photo) has said they have met all the conditions to gain charity status in the United Kingdom in August this year.
While cataloging his Organization’s programme of activities in an exclusive interview at his 512 Bai Bureh Road, Calaba Town headquarters in Freetown, he maintained that the ARTYSL is a human rights based community development organization that is geared towards energizing actions for social change to enhance human rights and promote capacity building for youths, women and children in the communities in which they operate.
He revealed that the organization was established in 2008 with a video documentary that was presented on the transformation of youths to ensure self employment and become independent through arts and skills training activities
He also explained that the organization is a non-profit making entity that is aimed at improving and transforming young people to seek their welfare through education and training.
He disclosed that they also provide para legal aid, access to security and justice, youth employment, women and children’s welfare and protection. He said they also promote art, culture and tourism exploration.
He revealed that through their interventions and tremendous developmental strides they have won awards from BBC World Service Trust.
He further disclosed that they have conducted about ten public lectures across the country, adding that in five years they have been able to positively contribute to the country’s peace building process through the empowerment of women and youths to be gainfully employed to develop their communities.
Mr. Mansaray further stated that ARTSL has also been engaged in consultancies for several organizations like CCCPI, IRC and Child Fund especially in project designing and sustainability to enhance the protection of children and develop young people.
He disclosed that they are presently embarking on a project called JESP which seeks to address the issues of children in detentions, human rights protection, ICT training and capacity building of youths.
He said the project is currently benefiting over 138 children living in the seaside communities in Freetown in honor of a child called Abu Bakarr Kamara aka Bakus who was found at sea after a boat traveling to Guinea capsized. He said they also give scholarships to deserving pupils.
He concluded that they have offices in America and England.
By Mohamed Y. Turay
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