I’ve had to do some digging as since the Kony phenomena erupted on the 7th of March some aspects of the Invisible Children charity have come to light. For more details on this story refer to my previous blog titled: KONY 2012
According to Invisible Children’s financial statements, 37% of its $8.9 million 2011 budget was spent on programs in Africa, and 35% was spent on awareness programs. That means the other 28% is being spend else where. Only 37% of their finances goes to the Ugandan children.
The charity’s 2011 financial statements show its assets climbed from $2 million to almost $7 million from 2010. Among its program costs is more than $1 million compensation, $2.8 million in direct services, more than $1 million in production and film costs, more than $850,000 in travel and transportation.
Chairty Navigator rates Invisible Children’s accountability 2/4 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited.
2. Joseph Kony is not in Uganda. Kony hasn’t been in Uganda for six years. The Ugandan Army can’t fight in other countries, so if Kony isn’t in Uganda then they can’t enter other countries and fight.
3. The Ugandan Army is also known for its looting and raping. So is the Sudan Peoples Liberation Army. Yet Invisible Children supports military invasion.
4. The campaign is only targeting US leaders instead of African leaders.
5. The 100 troops Obama sent to Uganda, has yet to have had a real impact. It is reported that the US troops wanted to work in the shadows, and now they have been thrust into the limelight.
6. In order to arrest Kony you would have to fight through the children that are forced to protect him.
7. The Kony 2012 film is the 12th film. Millions of the charities proceeds has been spent on producing these films.
8. Invisible Children has been accused of exaggerating facts. You can’t change massive problem by putting a few posters up or buying bracelets.
9. There are many other charities that are helping Ugandan children, not just Invisible Children. Shouldn’t there be more effort being put into helping the affected children than stopping Kony?
To date the KONY2012 video has over 65million views.