Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans

by ROCKIES ORGANISATION
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Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Talent Academy for 1000s of Young Ugandans
Gabriella at the hospital for operation.
Gabriella at the hospital for operation.

2020 was a year of lessons, possibilities, challenges and opportunities. It taught us how to think outside the box and how important it is not to put all our eggs in our basket. I am happy to report that we have learnt great lessons and already put in practice and we are now seeing the results of this. Due to the effects of the pandemic like we communicated earlier, we changed our focus to the health of our beneficiaries and staff, sustainability of the organization and stakeholder engagement.

We thank you for standing with us since March 2020 to date. We wouldn’t have managed to survive the pandemic, if it wasn’t for your support. With your support we managed to have enough food for the entire team of Rockies, even when we were not working. We were able to have sufficient medication, shelter, and keep the standard operating procedures as described by the ministry of health.

All our twelve candidates were able to go back to school, register for their final exams amidst these challenges and they have now entered their final term to sit for their final National exams starting this March. We are hoping for the best from them.

One of our beneficiaries got an operation of rectal cancer which coasted us almost USD 8000, because of your generosity we were able to go through this challenge and we are happy to report to you that she is now on a recovery process and she is steadily improving. Thank you for painting a smile again on her face.

In other good news, we were able to scientifically host a Christmas show at Pope Paul Memorial Hotel Ndeeba, for the younger stars were missing stage for almost a full year. It was a great experience having the performers step on stage again and also seeing our clients being entertained. We could see their thirsty for entertainment as they had taken so much time without having such fun, but also the enthusiasm of the team. We made a Christmas Party for the beneficiaries, and they swept off the year stress of the pandemic. Attached are a few photos,for you to have a feel of how these events unfolded. 

Thank you again for your support, may you be blessed abaundantly. 

Gabriella in Blue on the left smiling again!!
Gabriella in Blue on the left smiling again!!
Planting time for sustainability
Planting time for sustainability
Christmas Party for the Beneficiaries
Christmas Party for the Beneficiaries
Back on Stage During the Xmas Show
Back on Stage During the Xmas Show
Our Audience during the show
Our Audience during the show
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We bless the Lord for this far He has brought us and for His providence and guidance. I am happy to report that we are steadily managing our challenges, although it has not been any easy. 

We are now haversting the food we grew and we can now feed our beneficiaries on this food. 

We have also been in positon to shift the boys to our permanent home and we are no longer paying rent for the boys. 

Currently we are working upon the girl's hostels and when they are ready, we shall be in position to shift the girls as well. We are now left with roofing which is costed at $10,000. We continue to call for your support in this development. 

We thank you for your continued support and we pray that you continue to take good care of yourselves and to keep safe as well.

 

Kind regards

Brian Ssozi.

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Greetings from Rockies Family and we thank you for the continuos support given to us always.

This season at Rockies, we put our emphasis on mobilizing more resources since we have not been getting funding from our beloved community at GlobalGiving. However, we have not given up on our idea. Our land which was already bought, we have embarked on making bricks ourselves to cut the costs of buying building materials, to make sure that we stay relevant to ur dream and idea.

Attached are the  photos as we are making the bricks and some photos of our performances as we continue to fundraise resources and get revenue from our social enterprise which is the performing Troupe. We hae again attached photos training our beneficiaries on how to protect themselves from the pandemic. The biggest challenge at this time, is the pandamic of Corona Virus.

I want to bring to your notice that Rockies being a performing arts organization and getting most of our earned revenue from performances which are normally done at events and functions. We are already hit terribly by the pandemic financially. We have our big clientele being the Indian community since 2016 and the Chinese community as well as the Catholic community in the country.  These had made many bookings with us in the month of March being their month of most celebrations. Unfortunately because of the Pandemic, all these functions have been cancelled out, making us loose around $5000 which we had budgeted for during this period. This is a huge loss that has left us with no choice but just to be stuck and confused of the next steps.Yesterday the president of Uganda officially gave a directive to close all the schools, churches, mosques and cancel any gatherings beyond 20 people for a period of 32 days. Now this leaves us with no choice but to sink with the boat.

This report is therefore timely, to update you on wht we have been up to but also to bring to your notice on how the pandemic is affecting us as a community. we have already made efforts to train our beneficiaries on how to protect themselves from this deadly virus, photos of which are also attached. Any assistance to make us survive in this period of the pandemic is highly appreciated.

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I bring you greetings from Rockies Organization, where we train talented young people in performing and creative arts, but also sponsor them in formal eduction and holistically take care of them. Using our Troupe which is our Social enterprise, we have been able to attract 10 International contracts for our beneficiaries this year alone, and they have been professionally employed in Taiwan, and China. In the education sponsorship, we have graduated nine candidates on three different National levels and we have been able to reach out to over One thousand people in our theatre campaigns, showing the relevance and impact of developing young talents. 

We also made a recruitment drive envolving the community and we were overwhelmed by the number of applications of those who want to join our program. Although we were only able to recruite 30 new young talents, we recieved over two hundred applications. This shows the need of our program in the communities we serve and the agaency to create space for the young talents. We have also been able to buy most of the cultural instruments to be used in our studio room and a few modern instruments for the fusions we shall make.As a program of our Academy which involves this studio room, we have continued to create platforms for our talented young people as you will see in the photos attached. This is the expereintial learning platform for our students in the Academy and it builds more confidence to these young talents as well as professionalism.

Due to the great importance of  promoting talents and cultural diversity, the Team Leader Brian Ssozi was invited to give a dance class during the Segal Family Foundation Annual Genenral Meeting, held in September in New Jersey City in the United states of America. This partly explains the purpose of why a studio room and the construction of the Talent Academy is important to promote young talents, to continue sharing, learning from good practices and bonding diversity in our different talents and cultures..  

Next year in March will be the laying of the Foundation stone for our Studio Room and Our Academy and we strongly believe that with your support, the construction for the Academy will kick start by then. We therefore call upon each one of you, to share a christmas and end of year gift with Rockies, so that a talent Academy is constructed and more talents can be developed with in Uganda and on the International Globe. 

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Artistic impression for the Academy developed

We finally have the first impressions of what our academy, where the studio will be located, is going to look like. We are thrilled to present the vision of The Rockies Academy!

The academy is currently located in a rented property at Mutundwe hill, Kampala. Over the past five
years the academy has outgrown the space at its current location. The current youth population of 100
has stretched the facilities at the existing location. The demand for Rockies services for the needy youth has grown exponentially to be able to continue offering opportunities to more needy youth, Rockies begun with the campaign to buy land which would host the academy, thanks to GlobalGiving and all kind hearted people that came out strong to help in actualizing this dream, we can confidently report that 3 acres of land were purchased at Nakawuka 18KM from the Kampala City. The new location will provide good security for our rather young members, especially the girls and will also be able to accommodate over 200 youth at any point. The campaign currently is on the construction of a studio room for practical skilling, and here we present you the artistic impression of the proposed structure.

Kindly consult attached PDF for illustrations.


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ROCKIES ORGANISATION

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Twitter: @rockiesorg
Project Leader:
Brian Ssozi
Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda
$4,910 raised of $400,000 goal
 
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