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  1. Student I
    May 31, 2012

    First off, let me say that Invisible Children’s cause is wonderful, and I would like to support it. I would also like to state that a “charity” is an organization that is supposed to help the poor, ill, and those in most need of assistance. A “cause” is an event that requires human action, whether it’s to help, to celebrate, or to morn. I’m not criticizing the cause of Invisible Children; I am critiquing the organization itself. That being said, I have discovered that donating to Invisible Children is not the best way to help the child soldiers. Yes, their hearts are in the right place (hopefully), but the way they are using the donation money isn’t the wisest.

    *I used Invisible Children’s website for their claim of their breakdown of expenses for this comment.* Only $3 million of the almost $9 million raised in 2011 went to of IC’s African programs. The other 2/3 of the money went towards making videos, lobbying, and merchandise. 33% of donation money is actually doing some good, which is rather a small amount for a charity. Doing extra research, CRS uses 94% of the donation money to help others in need, which is a much higher percentage than IC.

    Also, the Ugandans are extremely upset with Invisible Children. In fact they had a public showing of the Kony 2012 video, and the reaction wasn’t good. “At least 10,000 people gathered at the stadium to watch the Kony 2012 video. Dissatisfied with the content, the crowd pelted the organisers with stones, injuring a police officer identified as Pamela Inenu and two musicians hired to sing at the event. Police fired teargas at the crowd, and live bullets in the air, injuring dozens, who also lost valuables including phones and money.” This quote comes from The Daily Monitor, a Ugandan newspaper. (If you want to see the whole article, click here: http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/-/688334/1387926/-/aw2cd3z/-/index.html If the link doesn’t work, let me know.) Obviously, the people of Uganda, even former child soldiers, are NOT happy with the Kony 2012 campaign. If they were in great need of assistance, they wouldn’t start throwing rocks at the people who hosted the event!

    Lastly, the information that IC gives us isn’t the most accurate. For example, remember when we were going to raise money for a radio tower? If you paid close attention to the Kony 2012 video, Jacob (the former child soldier) and Jason Russell (one of the founders of IC) were talking via Skype or something similar. To use Skype, you need a computer with a camera, Internet access, and electricity. Why do they need a radio tower when they have working computers? Another thing that I found interesting is that Seton-La Salle’s donations are going to Invisible Children’s college program. So when we are donating money to IC though SLS, we are not helping child soldiers. We are paying someone’s college tuition! That is rather misleading because instead of helping bring child soldiers home as the video said, we are actually paying a college fee!

    Although I want to help the whole Kony problem in Africa, Invisible Children isn’t the #1 charity choice in my opinion. I’m glad the freshmen are giving us other options in charity choice! I want to donate to charities, and the freshmen are giving us other choices besides Invisible Children. I can’t wait to vote!

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  2. admin
    May 30, 2012

    Thanks, for commenting. We hear you! Good use of scripture. Keep it up!

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  3. Rocco Gagliardi
    May 30, 2012

    The thing is that Invisible Children is one major charity that our school leans to. I’m calling it that because when has any other charity came and talked to our school? I believe they were brought to us a few years ago, and everyone got sucked in to their videos, because their editing is unbealivable. Now am I calling the Invisble Children a bad cause? No, I am not, because at the end of the day they are still rasing money for the children. However, I feel the way they use their money is wrong, and any time someone from our school would ask them a serious question, they got away from the point and moved on, never gave us clear answers on anything. I feel that we should choose the Red Door chairty, because we would have the biggest impact on thier life. They are such a small and giving chairty that we can see the changes through out the year. I feel that the invisble children never look on the positive side at all! Instead of saying we raised millions of dollars last year, what do they tell us? That we did not do good enough? All in all, as a school together I believe instead of fighting every day about Invisble Chilren we should move on and find a new charity like the red door. If we get fighting, when we will ever donate? I loved the assembly today, because even though there were a few girls and one or two guys that did not agree with it, the rest of the school was cheering in favor of the freshmans video. And just because they are freshman, doesnt mean they can not have a voice… they stood up and finally did something, and the majority o the school agreed with them. My final statement is that, our school will have a better time donating to Red Door, and I think that Invisble Children is a charity for a sports team of the school, so that sports team and the few kids that still want to donate can still do that, on their own time, as a school we should all have the say, not just a few people….(ya that was really long haha)

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  4. Student H
    May 30, 2012

    Whoops sorry! The SECOND STUDENT G (talks about Jesus) is actually supposed to be STUDENT H.

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  5. Student G
    May 30, 2012

    As cliche as it is, WHAT WOULD JESUS DO? He would not go around around tearing other people beliefs and opinions down. Regardless of the money, IC is helping others.  And that is what God calls us to do. People have gotten too caught up in the politics of it all and proving a point. It is obvious that, at the moment, there is no “winner” to this debate. Throughout the presentations today, there were many Bible quotes shown. Isn’t that what our thought basis and opionions should be based on. How is tearing down a charity helping to improve the world? Supporting charities is a great way Seton-La Salle helps the community and it is commendable that the Honors Freshman English acknowledged that. But hatred does not help any cause. Jesus didn’t preach His word by begininning with critism of other religions or false gods.  Today, no matter what stance on the IC issue they take, many students felt like the situation was handled poorly. We should respect the opinions of everyone. The fact that our Catholic school is arguing over which charity to support is horrific. There is no such thing as a bad charity. “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give.”  2 Corinthians 9

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