Seeing The Faces Beyond Kony
|Brighton, age 9 (March 2012) supported by House of Loveness, Zimbabwe|
I have never met the filmmakers of Invisible Children but I do know they spoke at my own children's school 2 years ago. They pulled in on their bus, showed their film and got the children engaged in conversations about Africa and how to help. I know their intentions were good and I don't doubt that they have made a tremendous difference in the lives of some of the children in Uganda. I do feel uncomfortable about their methods of raising money, from the Disney-esque, Michael Jackson inspired video released in 2006 featuring the filmmakers in dance scenes that could be straight out of High School musical (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6QWdVD4zsc) to the recent Kony2012 video that over 80 million people viewed which NEVER mentioned that Kony is no longer in Uganda. Both these videos raised a lot of money for the Invisible Children, US-based organization. Some of it went to the children in Africa.
If you want to see more of your dollars working for these children, take a look at Sam Childers' organization (http://www.machinegunpreacher.org/). There was a recent movie made about his work in East Africa not only rescuing the children from the LRA but staying on in Africa and empowering them through the gift of education.