Welcome Invisible Children!

Check out the following video and info on our newest partner, Invisible Children.  The last video I saw from them caused tears in 150+ employees in the Green House, so you know they can make an awesome video.  Story below…

Invisible Children has linked up their amazing “Schools for Schools” program with Better World Books, and the results are sure to be spectacular.  Haven’t heard about IC?  Well, they’re an amazing group of folks in SoCal who have created a documentary and mobilized a nation’s worth of students to help partner schools in Uganda.  Why Uganda?

” The war in northern Uganda has been called the most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today. For the past 23 years, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) have been waging a war that has left nearly two million innocent civilians caught in the middle. The GoU’s attempt to protect its citizens from this rebel militia has largely failed, leaving an entire generation of youth that has never known peace.

Since Invisible Children: Rough Cut was filmed in 2003, night commuting has ended for the children of northern Uganda. For the past few years, the region has been closer to peace than ever before. From June 2006 to March 2008 in Juba, Sudan, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda (GoU) engaged in a series of peace talks in order to end the conflict. These peace talks, supported by special envoys from the United States and other nations, allowed for the longest period of peace in northern Uganda’s 23-year war. “

Unbelievable right? It gets better. Through the schools for schools program they managed to raise over $3 million last year (wow!). Now, not only can students in the program raise money for schools, they can run book drives as well. In addition to the millions of dollars raised, schools are going on a full assault getting stacks of books for those in need. One school in Vermont will have shipped 30,000 books by the end January. That’s just one school amongst the hundreds across the US that are involved in the project.

12 Comments

  1. Julie Haugen says:

    In something as important as literacy, don’t you think someone should proof read your titles. Invisible is spelled wrong at the beginning of the article online.

  2. Hey Julie,
    Too true! I’ll admit in my haste I left out the “i.” Thanks for caring enough to comment about it! As a company that puts so much focus on literacy, we need to step up here. It’s people like you that help keep us in line.

    However, I’m certain that you can commiserate with me–you’ve made “proofread” into two words and didn’t put a question mark at the end of your question… so how ’bout we call it even? ;)

  3. Julie is a perfect example of a hypocrite.

    To Jack and everybody at BWB, keep up the good work! Your efforts in propagating literacy is the reason why I purchase my books here.

  4. Dr Sssentamu Daniel says:

    Thanks very much for the video and the support you have shown to the people of northern Uganda.It is through this generosity that God will reward you.The situation is now calm and the LRA have been pushed to Dr Congo.We are proud of people who can help our community by figthing Illearcay

  5. Thank you very much, Dr. Daniel. We do whatever we can, and support of people such as yourself helps us to work that much harder every day!

  6. Mutai philex says:

    Thanks so much for that caring heart,also step up another fight for the girls being mutilated in kapchorwa,eastern uganda who are being circumcised in the name of culture which is outdated in my view

  7. Mutai philex says:

    I invite you people to kapchorwa where female genital mutilation is still practiced,i come from there and i do hate the practice;thanks-philex mutai,+256775252113

  8. Julie H.: When you look for the negatives, you will usually find them. But to what gain? If you looked a little harder you would also see that the word “of” was missing before the word January. Take a little advice from this old man. The next time you look out the window of life, look for all the beauty and not the specs on the window. To only see the specs, will only make your life unhappy. As long as you are happy and communication is good, you will find that spelling and missing words are only important at test time.

  9. To all

  10. Inspiring video..thanks so much…I hope to collect some used books from local schools and send them on. thats a beginning for me in this amazing world enterprise. Forgive any grammar or spelling mistakes!…Rosalind

  11. Dear Julie, as an academic editor, nitpicking is also my business, so would you please consider correcting your sentence to read ‘spelled wrongly’, so that ‘wrongly’ can function as the correct adverb to modify your verb ‘spelled.’ Thanks.

  12. I come across lots of free books(i mean boxes daily)…i dont know how to get them there(Africa) considering shipping costs, but wouldnt mind donating them to such NGOS.Also i know people in Africa wouldn’t mind what edition or year they were printed as long has you can learn something new or enhance its development(Been there done that)

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