Invisible Children was founded on the conviction that our liberty is bound together, an ethos inspired by the words of indigenous activist, Lilla Watson. Today, the COVID-19 crisis is proving how interconnected we truly are and it is challenging us to embody our convictions unlike ever before.
The communities we partner with in central African are among the most vulnerable to a global pandemic like COVID-19. Here’s why:
+ They have virtually no access to healthcare and other basic government services
+ Armed group violence continues in the region, forcing some families to flee into crowded displacement camps
+ Most families can barely make ends meet as it is; a disruption to their livelihoods could be disastrous
For now, the remoteness and isolation of these communities have helped to protect them from the initial spread of the virus but the situation is changing by the hour. We know we need to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
With your help, and with measures in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, we are continuing to do everything we can to protect vulnerable central African communities from harm.
Our team is exploring ways to partner with health experts and leverage our existing programs to equip families with information and tools to keep each other safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in their communities.
At the same time we are also:
+ Keeping our Early Warning Network going strong so that communities continue to have a life-line to each other and the outside world
+ Caring for women, children, and men who have escaped from the Lord’s Resistance Army and reconnecting them with their families
+ Supporting locally-run FM radio stations that provide critical information to their communities and promote peace through radio programming
For 14 years, Invisible Children has worked in some of the most volatile and challenging corners of the world. We are not strangers to uncertainty. We remain committed to the safety and wellbeing of our world’s most vulnerable — now and long after we overcome this crisis.
Join us and support our work with a one-time donation or by becoming a monthly donor. Your support will ensure that we can respond quickly as needs change.
As our team presses on to continue our life-saving work, we hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.