Friday, March 09, 2012

What can you do to improve the plight of children in armed conflicts?

Invisible Children have aroused in you a true desire to help children in conflict, but on examination of Invisible's financials, lack of commitment to nonviolence, or 'stealth evangelism' you are uncomfortable with helping them organize or in making a financial contribution to their media and lobbying campaign.

Don't let your compassion wither... there are worthwhile NGOs and agencies making a real difference with real programs in the field, that have high professional standards and diverse staff with appropriate training and experience

UNICEF's United States Fund field notes blog has published a statement on the Kony 2012 debate worth reading

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict has also commented on the Kony 2012 campaign

Make a firm and steady resolve that you will donate time and/or money to creating more peace and prosperity in the lives of child survivors of armed conflict. Give yourself a few days to do research and to draw up a budget so you know what you can afford to commit. 1 to 10% percent of income is usually what people sacrifice to worthy charity in traditional yoga (see suggestion #4), and in many other spiritual traditions, to keep selfishness, greed & ego in check and/or to please the Creator.

I am going to find a simple pleasure that I can give up this month and donate to UNICEF instead.

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