I am not sure where Invisible Children stands in comparison to other organizations, but I thought this blog was very interesting. It talks about how people should not blindly donate to Invisible Children because it is not the organization it appears to be. It spends money frivolously on filming and traveling and only 31 percent on the cause itself, according to the blog. It also says that the organization does not have its finances independently audited and has taken a photo with Sudan People’s Liberation Army, which is similar to the LRA.
Now, I cannot speak about the organization itself, but I can speak about the cause. Child soldiers is a VERY real problem and it has destroyed millions of children’s lives. And while many countries have stopped using child soldiers since the enactment of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, there are still quite a few countries who depend on them, like Uganda.
Joseph Krony has used child soldiers in the LRA for over two decades, and in 2005 the ICC indicted him for war crimes. However, he has evaded being captured since. Krony is still very much at large and needs to be captured and held accountable for his crimes.
Raising awareness about the cause- whether the organization is reliable or not- is very important and I think the video does an amazing job at tugging at the heart and emotions of everyone who watches it. So, in that regard Invisible Children has done its job. In the matter of two days it has made Krony’s name basically a household one as the video has spread through Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter and other social media sites.
As for actually donating to the cause- if what this blog is saying is true, then I believe there are other organizations that are more reliable. Those are the organizations that people should donate to. But I really cannot speak about that. The only word of advice I do have is that people need to take ending the use of child soldiers seriously because it is a very real problem, especially in Africa. And as for donating, I would always suggest researching how an organization or non-profit spends their money because some organizations do not spend the money on direct relief.