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Pius commented on Developing Talents in Art for self-sustenance.

(This is a continuation of my first posted comment. It is the last paragraph)
We have as of now got to know that Uganda's majority population is the unemployed youth. This poses a danger to many at-risk-children. If we do not help out Brian achieve his goals, we shall certainly continue to promote early pregnancies in teens, dropout in schools, child abuse or molestation, kidnappings, child sacrifice, and a society of unskilled people. Brian and his team have truly explained to us who they are, where they have been and where they plan to go. Can we go their together? The future of a better country depends entirely and massively on a wise investment in our youth. An uneducated community is a dangerous community indeed. Let is us create more "Brians" in Uganda and in the entire world. I gave them the vision and the skills and with your support they can equip others with knowledge and growth. Together we can raise a village. The Rockies Ensemble is for all of us who love progress of the human soul. The soul in truth is a soul in peace and love.


Pius commented on Developing Talents in Art for self-sustenance.

First of all, I am so grateful to the Almighty God who affords us to do all that we do on a daily basis! Secondly, I am overwhelmingly proud for the work of the Rockies Ensemble. One would certainly wonder where Ssozi Andrew Brian got this idea to start such an amazing project to change the lives of the vulnerable kids in a developing country like Uganda! I know Brian personally. I raised him together with other 20 plus boys, who in many ways they were just like those kids you see with pens and notebooks or probably worse than then. With very little on our hands, we worked at the then all boys primary school known as St. Paul Kitovu Primary School. Today the school is co-ed but continues to educate the children of Uganda. I started working there in November of 1991 and left the place to travel for studies in the United States at the end of January 1995. It is this place that I call magical that raised the vibrant youths whose talents in music, dance, and drama under my leadership and training changed their lives and probably affected the education life in Masaka District as whole.
At the time, it was hardly heard of that mere boys would put on a show and left many in amazement. The tradition was always that girls are more musically and dramatically better or skilled than boys. Until two schools I was involved in those early days of my teaching career. One was St. Vincent Kyamaganda Boys Primary School where I only spent a year and half after my teacher training college and then Kitovu Boys. My purpose was to change that traditional thinking that put girls on the hilltop which left many boys some of whom were more talented but got ridiculed by society if they were seen singing or dancing. I wanted to put the spark into the minds of boys to own their talents too. One would say I indoctrinated them. I would not disagree. But what that did, it empowered these boys to an extent where they became the masters certainly of music, dance and drama up to this present day. It became part of their daily life. It was a goal, a mission, and philosophy. Not only did they excel in the skills but they became capable leaders and zealous human beings. Such skills were transferred into other learning environments and became a source of learning and total growth.

This mission and philosophy did not end in the class, stage, and other performing places but rather it entered in the fabric of each one's life and those around them. Many of that intact group of boys are still doing very well changing the lives of others without forgetting the journey they went through to be where they are today.
That perfect example is in Ssozi Andrew Brian. He is now a man with a huge heart. He is giving back in thanksgiving on what he was given many years ago. He is a workaholic as he was those years back. He remembers the sweat, the heat, the rain, but also the joys and all achievements let alone the many trophies they won and a record of excellence and legacy they left at St. Paul Kitovu Boys, that magical place that turned poor and vulnerable boys into indomitable men we have today. I am so proud about all these achievements but most importantly I am happy of the continued zeal for these young men as they continue to touch and change lives along the way of life.

I am inviting you to look into the eyes of these boys and girls whose images are posted in the above pages. In each and every eye, soul, and heart there is untapped hidden hope. There is a journey that is beginning to bulge. There is potential that needs to be cultivated. Brian can do too little without our help, our resources, our inspiration and above all our love for making the lives of these kids worthwhile. We must look beyond the stages where these kids perform but get to know the story of each and everyone of them. If we do that we will capture and treasure a beauty of sacrifice, the shed of tears, the agony of being without a mother or father, the pain of missing a meal, the desire of wanting to be in school or the lack of simple colds or flue medication.