September 24th, 2008

CotM: Invisible Children

photo credit: megan kay

Looking over my past Charity of the Month blog posts, I was surprised to realize that I had not highlighted one of my favorites: Invisible Children.

A few years ago, three friends (one of whom I went to high school with) decided to traipse off to Africa in search of a story to tell. Find one they did, and they’ve been telling it ever since. It just so happened that they visited Uganda, where a brutal civil war has been going on for years, largely unnoticed by the rest of the world.

Invisible Children started with a documentary (watch it here) that these three men made. The story they shared captivated the attention of thousands, especially high school-age children who connected with their African counterparts. Since that time, this organization has produced a number of compelling videos, short films, and programs to raise awareness, spread the word, and help those in need.

I really admire what these guys have started, and my family and I are regular contributors to their cause. We love the work that they do, enjoy watching the films they put together, and love to share their work with anyone interested.

If you haven’t already, be sure to watch (or better yet, buy) the video that started it all. The part that impacted me the most was the very end, when through text displayed on the screen they indicated the various ways that we can help in the cause. What they shared (and keep in mind that they’re not LDS) was the law of consecration, almost word for word. I was blown away as I “connected the dots”, and life has never been the same since.

Invisible Children exists only because there are invisible children throughout the world whose plight is dire and whose story needs to be told. Our time, talents, and money are needed to tip the balance in their favor. Will you help?

One Response to “CotM: Invisible Children”

  1. Jenn-lee
    October 7, 2008 at 12:57 pm #

    Thank you for posting this great charity. I have been a fan of your mothers for a few years since I met her at TOFW and read her Parenting book. It has saved us a lot of troubles and impacted my life in a huge way. I saw your link on her website and I was just looking around online at new great causes to get involved in. I am excited to read about the other ones you have talked about as well. keep up the great blogging! Thanks.

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