Invisible Children is committed to ending violence and exploitation in our world's most isolated and vulnerable communities.
From Day One, we have been driven by a firm belief in a universal idea: that our liberty is bound together. When we founded Invisible Children in 2004, we wanted to prove that idea through a specific mission: to end to Africa’s longest running conflict led by Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). We mobilized unprecedented international awareness and action to help end the LRA crisis, contributed to a 93% reduction in killings by the LRA, and we have helped thousands of central African families become safer through innovative community-based protection initiatives. In the process, our global team has gained unparalleled experience, developed renowned expertise, and cultivated a massive network of trusting relationships with resilient local changemakers across central Africa.
Today, guided by the same core belief that got us started, we have embraced the opportunity and responsibility to take on more -- because we are not truly free until all of us are free. We have expanded our mission and our programs, and we are forging new exciting partnerships, from Mboki to Manhattan. Hand-in-hand with dedicated central African community leaders, we are working to ensure that children and families in some of the most remote and isolated corners of the globe have the safety they deserve and need in order to thrive. This means we are also stepping onto the front lines of addressing the link between human insecurity and the exploitation of wildlife and natural resources, which has reached critical levels in recent years and has a massive impact on families across central Africa and generations to come.
We want a world that celebrates the intrinsic value and interconnection of all life and works together to protect it. We will stop at nothing to achieve it, and with your support, we know we’re unstoppable.
Drawing on more than ten years of experience working in one of the world’s most challenging environments, we have refined three core pillars to our approach that best serve vulnerable communities and ensure maximum positive impact:
PROTECTION FROM VIOLENCE: Without basic safety, a community cannot get on its feet and thrive. We focus on community-based protection initiatives that reduce the vulnerabilities that attract, enable, and even trigger cycles of violence and exploitation.
LOCAL SOLUTIONS & CHANGEMAKERS: We seek out, learn from, and partner with respected local leaders and visionaries, and make sure they have the support they need to create and realize solutions that make their communities safer and help them to thrive.
DYNAMIC & INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS: Our programs are designed to adapt and evolve with the changing dynamics of vulnerable communities, and to ensure the constant communication, quick action, and collaboration that is necessary to make communities safer.
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