posted on Mar, 10 2012 @ 12:40 PM
I've followed Invisible Children, until fairly recently, for a few years now.
I liked the idea of the group initially because they really seemed to care about the children and families affected in Africa by the LRA. They
essentially hired women in Darfur and surrounding areas to make bracelets that you could purchase (and I did purchase quite a bit from them) and the
money went to providing tents/water/etc. to families that were displaced due to the war. They also had shirts, "Peace" water, and a few other things.
I thought it was a great organization until I learned that less and less of the money being raised was actually given to the people affected. (I don't
remember where, but a couple months ago I read that initially around 80% of funds were used to help them, now it's something less than 20% or so. This
was info. from some Ugandan natives that had been involved with IC that have been seeing first hand less and less money, but the info from IC
themselves varies. Depends on who you believe I guess.)
My point to this is don't get too weirded out by the bracelets with numbers and stuff yet. It might be something, but I'm leaning toward not...and
this is why..IC has always had gimmicky things to get people involved. They had a few nights just last year or the year before where people all over
the US were basically just camping out together to "experience" and put themselves in the shoes of the children without shelter.
Last April they had a silence campaign, where you took a pledge to stay silent for 25 hours to bring awareness to the 25 years Kony had been involved
with the LRA.
I think this is just another campaign to shock and get peoples attention, not unlike PETA with some of their ads, and to get some hearts bleeding.
Trust me, they don't have to track their members. Their members are WAY to happy to tell you that they're involved right off the bat.
Just wanted to add - I think the people suffering these atrocities do need help. That's why I felt strongly about the group to begin with. I just
think everyone needs to check out organizations and where their funds are going (not just info the group puts out there, but from unbiased sources)
before supporting any charity.
edit on 10-3-2012 by jacktorrance because: Added info...