Kids Helping Kids – Charlotte Teens Reach Across the Border to Africa

 

When Narcisse Greenway, Arianna Bonner and Abby Incez saw Invisible Children: Rough Cut, a documentary showing the effects of war on child soldiers in Uganda, during a social studies class, they were so moved they decided to take action.

Invisible Children is a non-profit organization that improves the quality of life for war-affected children by providing education, enhanced learning environments and innovative economic opportunities for the community. The documentary highlights the children ages 4-18 in Uganda abducted by the guerilla group Lord’s Resistance Army to fight in the war.  Rising freshman Greenway, shocked at the abuse and suffering she saw stated, “This stuff isn’t really spoken about in the American media.” 

These socially conscious teens sought donations from various stores and restaurants in the Plaza-Midwood and NoDa areas and held an auction in July at Pura Vida Worldly Art to raise money for the children of Northern Uganda. They are currently planning a benefit show featuring an array of local bands.

Greenway is pleased with the teens’ efforts. “It feels really good because we’re giving them a second chance at childhood, which they wouldn’t necessarily have if it weren’t for Invisible Children,” she concludes.

Invisible Children: Rough Cut will be shown August 24, 2008 at 7pm at Pura Vida Worldy Art. For more info go to PuraVidaArt.com or InvisibleChildren.com.

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