Rockies Organization gets young people from diverse cultures who share the richness of different cultures, share experiences ranging from art and ethnicity, poverty in their regions, religious persecution, domestic violence, abuse and neglect especially the girl child and turn them into hope and opportunities. Some have witnessed the atrocities of war and have been rendered refugees in their own country. Many have been denied a chance to interact with their native cultures and they struggle to integrate into an entirely foreign world, which does not give them a belonging and inspiration to uphold their values and respect for each other. Rockies identifies and unites talented diverse young people, so that a foundation of understanding, acceptance and compassion can be created, nurtured and shared by us and our next generation of citizens and leaders. By the time of graduation, a member is expected to have learnt at least a minimum of ten different dances from different cultures and regions, together with its instruments, music and is able to sow the appropriate costumes of those cultures, as well as making the jewelry that matches the costumes. Many schools/institutions will need such a member as a trainer, Hotels can hire the troupe to offer their clients a beautiful, powerfully, lively, and extremely professional oversight of different cultures and tribes throughout Uganda and East Africa. And this formula may be replicated all over the continent. Such members can favorably compete in the employment market of performing & creative arts thus becoming self-reliant, thus addressing the unemployment challenge in the youth.
Rockies Organization has invested its time in research and developing talents of less privileged young people across the country, in the field of performing and creative arts and advance their entrepreneurship skills to make them self-reliant. We have worked for five years now and we are fully registered. In addition to the skills we give to our beneficiaries, we also give them shelter, medication, feed them and take them for formal education to learn English language and a few other subjects that can help them in the day today life. When the world seems increasingly violent and polarized along nationality, faith and political beliefs, Rockies thinks that there is a need for people, especially youths to connect to each other and the world around them on a deeper and more compassionate level to understand each other and work together for development. At Rockies we defuse tensions among different tribes in the country as we embrace cultural diversity and build capacity and self-esteem of these young people, for them to be able to use their talents to gain financial independence.
Uganda is a signatory to the world convention on the protection and promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. It reaffirm the importance of the link between culture and development for all countries, particularly for developing countries, and to support actions undertaken nationally and internationally to secure recognition of the true value of this link and also give recognition to the distinctive nature of cultural activities, goods and services as vehicles of identity, values and meaning. These include the cultural music, dances, instruments, crafts among others. Under the guiding principle (6); Cultural diversity is a rich asset for individuals and societies. The protection, promotion and maintenance of cultural diversity are an essential requirement for sustainable development for the benefit of the present and future generations. It is the very reason why Rockies Organization has invested its time and resources in the same, and we are sure we cannot go wrong.
The Ugandan constitution under the cultural objectives says; "the state shall promote and preserve those cultural values and practices which enhance the dignity and well being of Ugandans". However this in Uganda is greatly lacking and not given priority. Rockies Organization intends to create awareness of such values in our cultures, share knowledge and expertise through performing and creative arts, documentaries and printed literature. We intend to inspire the youths to honor differences, explore commonalities and create one society united by values of love, respect, honesty, hard work, brotherhood and service through nurturing their God given talents in this field which best expresses our cultures.
We thank our beneficiaries who have broaden our idea, that now we are going to institutionalize this into an academy, have an audio and video studio where these young adults will be recording their work for further promotion and marketing, and also increasing spaces and platforms for expression of their full potential.
We are also going to share our success stories and bio data, thus informing the world where we came from, where we are and our future in realizing our dream. We shall be able to upload a few of our videos and stories. Once again thank you for shaping our brains and thinking further to better our idea.