Have you ever jumped off a cliff? Okay, maybe that’s a little too much, but have you ever challenged yourself? Pushed yourself to do something that scared the bejeezus out of you? And maybe in that moment, you took a deep breath and jumped. You did it. And if you are reading this, you survived. And if you are like me, you wanted to do it again.
We like to challenge ourselves here at Invisible Children. When very few knew about the LRA in Uganda, we challenged ourselves to bring it to the public’s attention — and it worked. When the LRA moved into central Africa, we challenged our policy makers and demanded action — and they listened. We know that sometimes we need to take that deep breath and jump.
Yet while we are not afraid of risk, we chose them carefully: our planning and programs are deliberate and strategic. We don’t just jump for the sake of jumping.
For example, some might say our ongoing work in active conflict zones are too risky, but we think our Early Warning Radio Network is an important program to keep citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) and the Central African Republic (CAR) safe. Our offices in Obo, CAR and Dunga, DR Congo sit close to active LRA groups, but our work there protects the citizens of the area and supports LRA fighters who defect and need our support. Is it risky? Yes. Is it worth it? Definitely.
We strive to be bold. We strive to be different. We jump, And we want you to jump with us. Get involved, share your ideas, and most of all, don’t fear.
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