Whilst it’s so shitty that organisations like Invisible Children have to exist, it’s also uplifting and inspiring to see them operating. Invisible Children began when three filmmakers journeyed through northern Uganda and saw the reality of children being both the victims of war, and the soldiers fighting (mostly for the LRA). These filmmakers created a documentary about the war, but wanted to do more.
Invisible Children is now a not-for-profit organisation operating in Uganda, employing people who have survived the war, as well as contributing infrastructure and knowledge to the region.
Invisible Children make Mend bags and organic cotton tees – the organic cotton is grown in Uganda, and sewn right there into cute (and inexpensive!) t-shirts. You can also buy documentaries, films & books on their site!
As per the Mend website: Mend allows you to purchase a handbag made in northern Uganda and know the story of the specific woman who created it – former LRA abductees whose names are sewn into each bag. You can pay by credit card or Paypal, and Mend bags can be posted worldwide.
All photos from Invisible Children