By Caroline Slattery
A young boy marches in the front line of the war in Congo armed with only a whistle. He is too small to carry a gun. He sees the enemy and blows his whistle so that those behind him have a chance to survive – where he couldn’t.
This is the origin of Falling Whistles: a non-profit whose mission is to bring peace to the war in Congo. Falling Whistles sells literal whistles as a symbol to protest the war. “Their weapon is our voice,” the narrator says in the videos posted on the group’s website. All proceeds from Falling Whistles go directly toward rehabilitating and providing hope to children in Congo.
Falling Whistles began in 2008 and raised more than $500,000 in its first two years. Since then it has recruited 35 Congress members, 16 senators, 200 retail partners and more than 55,000 whistle blowers to join the mission for peace in Congo. From here, Falling Whistle’s mission is to get more politicians involved and to educate more people about the war in Congo. Check out the celebrities they’ve already gotten on board: