Wednesday, March 7, 2012

KONY 2012: Please watch this video! *UPDATE*

This video is worth your time. Please, please carve out some time from your busy schedules to watch it, my lovelies! 

(Be sure to pause the music in the right side bar before you play the video!)

This guy has good insight on the Kony 2012 situation

If you've watched the video and were as touched as I was, I hope you decide to take a stand and do your research. I also hope you remembered to count your blessings today! I know I counted off quite a few of my blessings after I watched this video and tried to put myself in the shoes of those innocent children. It could have been me instead of them. I am blessed. I am lucky. I have an opportunity to do something by sharing this with all of you.

Now, that being said, before you go out and spend money on an "action kit" or other items....please do your research! There are numerous updated videos and blogs talking about the Kony 2012 situation and facts that were left out of the original video that I linked. I'm not even going to pretend that I know what is going on in Uganda, because I do not. I do not live there. I do not know what sort of struggles those people face on a day to day basis. I can however do my best to try and research from all sides right now so that I can make an informed decision on what organizations I want to back and support. 

I believe that there are true issues going on in Uganda and other countries, and that no child should be subjected to the heinous things that the video portrays. I also understand through research that Kony has not been active in Uganda in quite a number of years, and the situation painted by the Kony2012 video is a bit misleading when you compare things to current day Uganda. I'm not saying one side is right or wrong, but I am saying that you should all do your research first! Initially, I was so struck with the video that I shared links on my social media pages and decided to order an "action kit" through Invisible Children. The research I did at that time was very slanted in a pro-Kony 2012 manner, so I thought that the cause I was supporting was a legitimate one. I have since learned otherwise about the legitimacy of their organization, so I have cancelled my order as I do not think that the entire truth is being portrayed accurately by the video. I am in no way saying that I do not wish to support Uganda and the people who have been impacted by the war-torn instability there. I am simply stating, that I would rather support organizations that are upfront about their donations, have reputable track records, and do not deceive their supporters based on what appears to be old propaganda. I'd also rather support an organization who's founder doesn't bang himself against the sidewalk butt naked!

So in conclusion: do your research, keep an open mind, be informed, make your own conclusions, and be educated before you support an organization. Volunteers, non-profits, and charities can make a tremendous impact in areas all around the world and really change lives for the positive. Just make sure that you are backing reputable ones before you jump in!     

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