Fighting for forgotten children
There is an invisible war in Africa: one man, Joseph Kony, terrorizing 4 countries. It is the longest running conflict on the continent, and the soldiers are children abducted from their homes and forced to fight. We are a movement, seeking to end this conflict and bring them home. We seek to rebuild schools, educate future leaders, and provide jobs in Northern Uganda. We are the motivated misfits and masses redefining what it means to be an activist.
Who we are
Invisible Children is proof that young activists have a voice, and can use it to make an impact. When three young men went to Africa seeking adventure and instead came back with mission, they used their voice to inspire a new movement and spur 150,000 students to fight the injustices facing children in Uganda. Invisible Children is by students for students, allowing young people all over the world share the educational opportunities they've had with the underprivileged children who deserve and need it most.
Our work in Uganda
To prioritize and understand the needs of the community, our Uganda staff is 95% Ugandan. We focus on long-term development, working directly with individuals and institutions, to best understand the needs of these war-effected areas. We rebuild schools devastated by war, benefiting over 8,400 Ugandan youth in the areas of water and sanitation, books and equipment, refurbishment of structures, teacher support, and technology and power. We provide 690 scholarships to specifically chosen secondary students and 180 full ride scholarships to University. We employ mentors that holistically oversee healthy development for our students. We have also implemented micro-economic initiatives that are impacting 360 Ugandan's in transition from internally displaced camps to their original homes as well as 13 formerly abducted child mothers who are now self-sufficient through our tailoring center that provides training in savings, investment, numeracy, literacy and health. These savings-and-loans initiatives have allowed villagers to save money and earn interest for the first time, freeing them to start their own businesses and provide for their families like never before.