Charity: Water – An Alternative to KONY 2012

There’s so much hype surrounding Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 campaign. It’s just crazy. Kudos to them for marketing mass media so well.

Simultaneously, there’s a lot of banter back and forth about the legitimacy of Invisible Children and whether or not their KONY 2012 campaign will achieve lasting success – if any at all!

I don’t want to damper people’s generosity nor stamp out their spirit of charity.

Instead, if you want to help people, but you’re unsure if KONY 2012 is the way to go, I have an alternative. There’s an amazing organization out there that is truly helping people, changing lives, and doing so with a transparency unlike most organizations. It’s called…

charity: water 

They do exactly what the name suggests. They are a charity that brings clean water to communities that either have no water or contaminated water. I highly encourage any of my readers to check them out. Their website explains it better than my blog. And for further reading, the founder of charity: water was featured in the January/February issue of Relevant Magazine. Sign up and check out the cover story of Scott Harrison.

Anyway, that’s my current take on this KONY 2012 media revolution. I still plan on researching and following Invisible Children’s headlines. However, I would rather help in different ways. If I’m going to donate to a new organization, it’s going to be charity: water and not Invisible Children.


Kony 2012 :: Under Construction

[Slightly updated on 09 March 2012]

Currently doing some research on Invisible Children (IC) and their Kony 2012 campaign. I want to know more about the organization and the situation in Uganda before I promote anything. In the meantime, here are three things to check out:

  1. 30 minute video from Invisible Children that highlights Joseph Kony and the Kony 2012 campaign.
  2. Three blog posts I came across that highlight a different side of Invisible Children, leaving you uncertain about the goals, structure, and spending of IC. Blog #1, Blog #2, and Blog #3.
  3. A retort by Invisible Children in an attempt to be more transparent about their organizaiton – their goals, staff, and spending

As a Christ follower, I’m very concerned about issues like this. Jesus made a concentrated effort to reach out to the poor and marginalized – women (widows), children, the sick, and the disabled. If Jesus spent a large portion of his time not only speaking out on their behalf, but also actively seeking to improve the quality of their lives, then it seems clear that I should do so as well.

I’m looking forward to learning more about Invisible Children and seeing how I can help. Awareness is definitely a good thing, and hopefully most people will also do some research and take awareness to the next step by donating time, money, or talents to helping the children and families suffering in and around Uganda – whether through Invisible Children or some other group.

Keep an eye out for more to come on IC and Kony 2012…