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Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually

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Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually
Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually
Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually
Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually
Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually
Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually
Talent Academy for 100 Young Ugandans Annually

We want to take this opportunity to thank the GlobalGiving Team for the funding extended to us and also thank all the other stakeholders for the contributions made. It has been a period of survival and we want to assure you that we are surviving. It has also doubled as an eye opener to us and many lessons habe been drawn from this period.

We were able to purchase food for the beneficiaries as requested and other essetial necesities. However we saw that this was not sustaibale and we planned on starting to garden for the food we had to eat. I am glad to report that by next month if all goes well, we shall start to harvest our own food as you see the photos attached below. We used part of the money to help us buy the seedlings, we cleared the garden, planted and that is the level of growth now for the food.

Then secondary, we have been able to keep the Team engaged in performing online live performances for the past two months, so that they dont get diverted by being idle. So since they are not going at school, we are engaging them in these productive activities, so that they remain relevant. We have also attached the links of the two online performances we have so far been able to do using part of the funds we received from you our dear friends and partners. 

We thank you so much for standing with us always in all circumstances and we shall surely keep you posted on the developments at this side.


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Rockies continues to Perform & Fundraise
Rockies continues to Perform & Fundraise

Dear friends of Rockies Family, 

I salute you all for the great work you are doing. It has been a crazy period to bring this together and finding what can comine the two projects since they are all aimed at achieveing one goal which is long term. That is building an Academy for talented youn Ugandans. These studio room will be in the Academy, and we thought this will simplfy the work during fundraising but still it has not benn any easy. we decided to combine the two projects in one so that we get one report, updating us on the Academy and at the same time combining the studio rooms, because it is the studio rooms that make up the Academy.

Thank you for your understanding. our project is still on the GlobalGiving platform, we have been given project number #36516. Kindly follow us here and we shall keep you posted.

Thank you once again the GlobalGiving Team and all our beloved donors.


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Ever since it started off, the campaign to construct a studio room for 200
underprivileged young people is getting growing interest for its practical activities (singing,
tailoring and fashion, craft making and design).

To be able to provide these, Rockies has been increasingly burdened with the need to acquire more tools, equipment and engage temporary professionals to conduct the necessary training.The proposed permanent home is ideal for the development of a comprehensive academy and therefore Rockies  targets to procure all necessary equipment and certifications which will assist developing it's academy youth with additional skills.

Uganda produces perhaps the most graduates in East Africa each year. However, industry feedback
suggests that most of these graduates have little or no skills in practical courses e.g. craftsmanship,
masonry or woodwork. Uganda also has few technical institutes. These practical skills are now becoming extremely in demand in a world that is advancing from traditional practices to mechanization and semi-processing.

The market is demanding for improved quality and speed of delivery of tasks. Rockies has identified a significant opportunity in this area. Its goal is to partner with an accredited technical institute in order to develop practical skills for its academy youth. The market opportunities in
construction, manufacturing and semi-processing are substantial and therefore in developing its
students’ skills, Rockies key goal is to be a leading academy in practical skills development.
This period has seen many activities being conducted within the organization and in further
empowerment of the Academy young people;

1. Artistic impression for the Academy developed
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.

2. Enrolment
There has been increased enrolment of talented young people into the academy. Because of the ever
growing popularity and appreciation of the amazing entertainment showcased by the Rockies in the
communities, many parents are now considering the option of having their young people take on an
extra skill from the traditional formal education that is largely theoretical. The first quarter of this year
alone the academy has admitted up to 20 more talents with increased walk-ins by parents but because
of limited accommodation space, we can only take on a limited number after a given period.

3. Leadership training
Needy and impoverished youth are usually disadvantaged and marginalized when it comes to leadership roles in the community. In providing the youth with critical hand-on skills, creating opportunities for exploitation of innate talents and exposure to cross cultural surroundings, Rockies has taken on a deliberate move to develop leaders from its academy graduates. The graduates will possess multidisciplinary abilities that should be able to prepare them to compete effectively for leadership roles in any community.

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Dear supporter, sponsor, and people interested in the Rockies progress,

2018 has been an astonishing year for Rockies. In addition to winning a national Prize awarded by the Ministry of Tourism as the Finest Traditional Dance Troupe in Uganda 2018/19, we have been part of numerous events and parties such as the Annual Make Them Smile (our Rockies signature fundraiser project) or Banyabo Concert (literally, women concert, where we performed together with one of the leading Ugandan artists Rema). In addition to these feats, Rockies has continued to identifty that the creative arts industries in Uganda is on the growth, opening a space which offers potential for growth, which will directly lift our beneficiaries. Keeping this in mind, we are honoured and proud to continue in collaboration with Segal Family Foundation through grant support and the African Visionary Fellowship, National Water and Sewerage Cooperation, The Microfinance Support Centre, and the Church Parishes of Mutundwe, Nsambya and Ntinda which gives us the opportunity to improve as an organisation, thus working better in the market and for our beneficiaries.

Perhaps one of the most important news this year is that we have completely paid the Nakawuka plot where the Rockies Academy will be built. Thanks to this, the foundation stones will soon be set in order to begin the building of our very own Academy. Despite that the building is not ready, our Leadership and Mentorship program is fully operational already, as well as the fashion and design courses.

Lastly, in our annual report, you may also find an analysis of our main challenges, our 5 year strategic plan, and our newly written institutional policies. 

Kindly find attached our full report.

May you have as blessed of a 2019 as we experienced our 2018!


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Key Highlights of the Quarter


  • Ensibuuko-Born Fire Brainstorm


This quarter was a reflective period, brainstorming on and making an understanding and appreciating Music, Dance and Theater at our newly developed idea of “Ensibuulo-Born Fire Brainstorm”. This initiative is intended to bring around scholars, artists, celebrities, politicians and all personalities, stakeholders onto a targeted discussion mainly one that promote and build confidence of young people in the field of Creative and Performing Arts.

The discussion stated thus, the fact that young people should and have a responsibility in protecting and preserving the industry. The idea came through from the Board of Directors seating, which raised concerns on how much the young people especially the Rockies Academy are investing in ensuring we have professionals in this field.

The discussion made progress and gave us a clear understanding that performing arts ranges from vocal and instrumental music, dance and theatre to pantomime, sung verse and beyond. They include numerous cultural expressions that reflect human creativity and that are also found, to some extent, in many other intangible cultural heritage domains.  We would like to share with you some of our thoughts and findings.

Music is perhaps the most universal of the performing arts and is found in every society, most often as an integral part of other performing art forms and other domains of intangible cultural heritage including rituals, festive events or oral traditions. It can be found in the most diverse contexts: sacred or profane, classical or popular, closely connected to work or entertainment. There may also be a political or economic dimension to music: it can recount a community’s history, sing the praises of a powerful person and play a key role in economic transactions. The occasions on which music is performed are just as varied: marriages, funerals, rituals and initiations, festivities, all kinds of entertainment as well as many other social functions.

Dance, though very complex, may be described simply as ordered bodily movements, usually performed to music. Apart from its physical aspect, the rhythmic movements, steps and gestures of dance often express a sentiment or mood or illustrate a specific event or daily act, such as religious dances and those representing hunting, warfare or sexual activity.

Traditional theatre performances usually combine acting, singing, dance and music, dialogue, narration or recitation but may also include puppetry or pantomime. These arts, however, are more than simply ‘performances’ for an audience; they may also play crucial roles in culture and society such as songs sung while carrying out agricultural work or music that is part of a ritual. In a more intimate setting, lullabies are often sung to help a baby sleep.


  • Shifting to a more spacious place


The month of September saw us make a temporary shift into a more spacious premises to allow for expansion of the Entrepreneurship department. This department has now been able to add on 3 Electronic Sewing machines, this means that we shall have increased effectiveness in the department especially in making products for both the market and the attires for our stage performances.



  • Annual Segal Family Foundation Conference


Our Executive Director and the Director of Programs represented the Organization at the Annual Segal Family Foundation Conference in Nairobi-Kenya. Segal being our partner has opened enormous opportunities for us, it gave us the understanding of many potential spaces not only for learning but also networking and fundraising. Just like we got the opportunity to be featured on GlobalGiving, it’s the opportunity provided by Segal. While in Kenya, another opportunity was created for our Director of Programs to join our Founder into storming this space where Segal brings together donors and partners to interact and share thoughts on how well donor-grantee relation can be enhanced, a great networking space that has proven to be a good lead for great partnerships from the networks created.

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Organization Information


Location: Kampala - Uganda
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @rockiesorg
Project Leader:
Brian Ssozi
Executive Director
Kampala, Uganda
$5,606 raised of $200,000 goal
74 donations
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