The organization Invisible Children has been in the news lately - wining both praise and criticism for its video bringing awareness to the atrocities of the Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and Eastern Congo. If you haven't seen the 30-minute video, you definitely should. The story personal of these children in heart-wrenching.
You should also check out Kladogo on Twitter. What is that, you ask? Well, for almost a year our Uganda-based editor Hillary Muheebwa has been hitting the streets of Kampala everyday to talk with the kids living on the streets. Why, you ask yet again? Because we believe that too often the story of street kids is being filtered through the lens of Western media and NGOs. So we decided to use Twitter to give Uganda's street children a voice. He talks with them about their lives, and transcribes it via Twitter. (Rumor has it that he usually buys them lunch or gives them $1USD - try that for efficient funding.) When was the last time you ever had a talk with kid living on the streets? Heard their dreams? Learned about their frustrations? Join Kladogo on Twitter to discover more. (BTW, there are no donations required or ever solicited - just understanding.)
And of course, Uganda isn't the only place where these types of events are taking place. Somalia, for example, is being wracked by ever-present internal conflict and famine. Raising awareness about these issues is all of our responsibilities.