After struggling to gain interest, the UW's Invisible Children chapter has gained dozens of Facebook followers this week.
As vice president of the University of Washington chapter of Invisible Children, Alison Guajardo has watched the organization struggle recently to gain members and attention.
On Tuesday, after a busy day, she attended a chapter meeting to discuss the video released by its parent organization about atrocities attributed to Ugandan militia leader Joseph Kony.
When she returned home after the meeting, unaware of the popularity the video had gained, Guajardo said, she noticed 75 new followers on the chapter’s Facebook page — a dramatic surge in interest for a club with 10 to 15 members. It was up to 111 by Thursday night, she said.
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“It has been really amazing how many people have delved in depth into this issue, and not just blindly supporting it but really deeply investigating the holistic-organization issue and cause,” she said of reaction since the video went viral on YouTube.
To watch Invisible Children’s work “catch fire” has been the “most inspirational thing I can imagine,” said the 20-year-old sophomore, who is applying to major in medical anthropology and global health.
Now, Guajardo and others are gearing up for a “Cover the Night Seattle: KONY 2012” event to be held in Seattle on April 20. She said people from throughout the area plan to put up posters about Invisible Children’s effort, called “Kony 2012.”
Guajardo, who has been involved with Invisible Children for six years, said the UW chapter plans to screen the video April 4, but has had to search for a new location to accommodate what it expects to be a bigger crowd than originally expected.
Seattle Times new researcher David Turim contributed
to this story.
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