Invisible Children Returns to Bethany College for Face-to-Face Tour

BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will again host Invisible Children — an organization founded to help better the lives of war-affected children in Africa — as part of the group’s 2010 Face-to-Face Tour. The event, free and open to the public, will be held on September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Commencement Hall. 

Invisible Children’s upcoming visit was prompted by the success of their first trip to Bethany in April, 2010, as part of their Legacy Tour. After speaking to a packed house, the presenters returned to their home office in San Diego, Calif., and booked a spot for Bethany on the Face-to-Face Tour.  

A tour known for its striking authenticity, Face-to-Face allows audience members to hear directly from those who have dedicated their lives to work for peace, justice and hope for the people of northern Uganda. Presenters include night commuters, child mothers, displaced persons and orphans by war — all advocating for themselves as they seek to rebuild education for a region recovering from more than 20 years of war.

Invisible Children was born after three young filmmakers from California traveled to Africa in the spring of 2003. There, they found themselves confronted with the tragic results of a decades-long war on the children of northern Uganda — children abducted from their homes by rebel soldiers and forced to fight as child soldiers. The young men watched as, in an attempt to avoid being kidnapped, the children traveled nightly to the center of their cities to sleep. Inspired to make a difference, they created the documentary "Invisible Children: Rough Cut," a film based on what they had discovered.

The response to their work was overwhelming as viewers sought ways to help. The nonprofit Invisible Children, Inc. was created as a means for others to take action and work to provide health, safety and education for thousands of children.

Since then, the group has created several documentaries and changed the lives of millions of people, including those living in northern Uganda and individuals who now know the horrific reality faced by so many children whose stories once seemed invisible to the world.

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Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.