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September 18, 2006

Invisible Children

Posted by Kevin D. Hendricks | Filed under: Featured Nonprofit

Invisible ChildrenIn 2003 three college students from California traveled to Uganda and saw firsthand the invisible children. For the past 20 years a rebel group trying to overthrow the Ugandan government has kidnapped children and forced them to fight in their war. So every night thousands of children travel miles on foot in order to spend the night in the sanctuary of towns and villages, safe from the rebel army.

The three college students, Bobby Bailey, Laren Poole and Jason Russell, founded the non-profit Invisible Children and have been trying to create awareness and support the children of Uganda. Their efforts have included the documentary Invisible Children, the Global Night Commute in April 2006 when thousands all over the U.S. spent the night in cities in solidarity with the children of Uganda, and education programs for Ugandan children that they help pay for by selling Ugandan bracelets. It's a media-savvy organization that has tapped into America's youth with online videos, a MySpace page and a compelling cause that where you live shouldn't determine whether you live.

"There's nothing I want to do more than give them the same opportunity that I've had all my life," Bailey told Relevant magazine. "The idea of equality pushes me forward--the idea that we're on the brink of something extraordinary. That coupled with the opportunity that we have the chance to inspire the kids of America. Maybe life has another layer of fullness from giving it away."


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I watched the video from the college students when they traveld to the destination.I found it pretty amazing that so many kids are being taugh everyday to kill others like them when they are only mere childern themselfs.I dont really understand why someone could do something like this and i think that everyone needs to do something about it.My art class has just recently studied this video and other about Invisible children and we are thinking ways to help out we have made flyers and groups on websites to inform people and we are trying to raise money i would love to know if i could possibly do anything else to help out.Thankyou so much for your time.

Heather Tyree

Posted by: Heather at February 16, 2007 11:54 AM

hey, these invisivble children really hit me hard when i heard about them. so i have decided to try and do something about it. my first step is doing my junior project about them. but i need more information about them. if anyone has anyway of sending me more information about them i would really appreciate it.
thank you1

Posted by: Elizabeth McConnell at April 5, 2007 7:56 AM

i think that it is destubing that kids are taught every day to kill people

Posted by: Brandon at January 16, 2008 7:45 AM

i think that it is destubing that kids are taught every day to kill people

Posted by: Brandon at January 16, 2008 7:45 AM