In the fall of 2009, Invisible Children visited Cushing Academy, a small boarding school in Western Massachusetts. On that day, they showed The Rough Cut documentary, a film shot in Uganda about the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The story of this brutal war set a 16 year old girl named Erica on a journey to pursue peace. Erica began fundraising for Invisible Children over the next few years and finally took her first trip to Uganda in 2011. In 2014, Erica spent 7 months in Northern Uganda doing research on the reintegration of former child soldiers of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). When Erica moved to Uganda in August of 2014 she met David, a former Invisible Children roadie who had shared his story in schools, at events, and in people's homes across America.
David was abducted in 2002 and he lost most of his family to the violence of the LRA. He escaped after spending 6 months with the rebel army and he has now dedicated his life to helping those who have been lucky enough to escape. Over time David shared his beliefs as well as his experience with Erica, and together they began envisioning what needed to be done to create a path for long-term peace in the region. The result is Pathways to Peace Uganda.