I am passionate aboutI am very passionate about our Pacific people being able to have equal
opportunities to the rest of the world, especially in the Creative Arts
areas. I have been living in Tonga for the last 5 years now and it has been
an eye opening experience.
Since I had decided to bring this programme/ organization to Tonga, I started
to witness and understand how oppressed our people had become. They lived in
freedom and were people of joy but mentally they were missing out on alot.
Our team had decided that we can use power of arts to reach out to our young
people and instill messages of hope, drive, determination and then
opportunities that they would be able to access the very same avenues that
were available to to people who lived in 1st world countries.
Since starting this organization in 2010 it has become one of the most
recognizable NGO's in the Kingdom.
We target mostly at risk youth as we believe those who have slipped through
the cracks are more suited towards the creative arts avenue.
We have been working towards building a youth centre that would supply
programs and needs for those in the Kingdom as well as the Pacific.
ActionsOur organization specifically focuses on Youth and Creatives. In 2010 we had
come over as a team to unite existing artists within Tonga and provide a
platform where they can showcase and then network and build an industry.
After debriefing in 2011 we had decided that there were not enough people to
unite and build this Creative Industry so we decided to design ICON Creative
Tonga as a development programme that will focus on developing their creative
gift and young people as a whole (Holistic living).
In 2011 the development programme started with the main theme of our org.
which is IDENTITY. We believe that this theme is very key in the personal
development of ones self. You must not base it off how people think of you
but of how you see and accept who you are. That is something that is
liberating for our people in our programmes.
Since making this change we have been working with over 100 youth per year
within Tonga, creating overseas opportunities to perform, showcase, teach
classes and upskill. Key leaders had been chosen to travel to Auckland on a
dance scholarship aswell as a team to Brisbane to perform to an audience of
over 10,000 people where they could share about Tonga at a New Years Eve
celebration in Brisbane.
These opportunities have taught our leaders many things that empowered them
to come back and to deposit into the youth in Tonga exactly what was
deposited in them.