I still remember that day back in 2006, when one of my best friends informed me that she was going to sleep under a bridge for a night to help raise awareness for this organization called “Invisible Children.” Not only did I think she was crazy, but I had also never heard of it. Almost four years later, I’m just now realizing how big and influential this organization really is.
Back in 2003, three young filmakers from San Diego went to Uganda for an “adventure.” They came back with footage they released as a documentary called “Invisible Children: Rough Cut.” It documents the terror the LRA under the infamous Joseph Kony has brought primarily to Uganda, but also to the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, and the Central African Republic. The documentary helped raise awareness regarding the horrible atrocities being committed by the LRA, and ultimately helped bring about the Juba Peace Talks in 2006, which brought temporary peace to these areas. Although the LRA movement is steadily decreasing, Invisible Children is dedicated to helping the nations that have been effected by it through rebuilding and educational projects.
The wealth of information these self-proclaimed “story-tellers” have on their website is mind-blowing. Please visit their website here, and check-out their promotional video below for a glimpse into the vision behind this incredible organization. Also, check out the special, limited-edition sunglasses Warby Parker (see our Warby Parker profile here) has made in partnership with them as well here.