It is often difficult to describe the experience that is humanity. While this gift of life is something we can all contemplate and smile about, we all would also agree that there are flaws in the civilization we have built. Somewhere along the line, humans made the gigantic mistake of creating things such as classism and economic inequality. While there are plenty of jokes about how awful work is, there is certainly a level of seriousness behind the humor. Why does money matter so much? Why do these measly pieces of paper determine so much about people’s happiness and well-being? How do the rich keep getting richer while the poor continue to struggle?
“They got money for wars but can’t feed the poor.” — Tupac Shakur
Nobody has all the answers and the people that have the power to change this hamartia of humanity don’t care to. People are in this game of life together while the 1% rule above all in a desperate fight for who can lie the most about how much they are going to help. While people spend most of the time arguing with each other and not confronting the real issues at hand, sometimes they show the glimpses of love that will one day unite us all. These moments are candles in the grand darkness of division, and a special YouTube channel by the name of Invisible People serves as that very beaming light that humanity needs.
Mark Horvath began his career as a documenter of the social crisis that is homelessness when he himself faced poverty. With nothing but a camera, he has shined a light on the devastation that torments so many undeserving people around the globe. The mission of Invisible People is to articulate what homelessness truly is, how to make a change, what changes need to be made and how these people are no different from your mother, father, brother or sister.
Horvath travels the world and documents people who have been deeply affected by poverty by giving them short interviews that he posts on his extremely popular YouTube channel. He doesn’t make a charity case out of them; he treats them like human beings, and it is sad that it will bring a tear to your eye to just watch somebody being kind. The beautiful people tell their story and how they got to the position they are in, as well as what they hope to do next to get out of it.
Invisible People has gained close to a million subscribers since the channel’s first video 12 years ago. Since then, hundreds of stories have been shared by special people from all walks of life. This illumination that Horvath has projected on such a disrespected facet of society has changed so many people’s lives. Whether it be teaching the average person how horribly unfair homelessness is or helping the people that struggle with it, this YouTube channel walks more than it talks. Educational, emotional and powerful are just a few words to describe this dream of ending homelessness.
As the channel grew, Horvath built a charity around the fight against the parasite of poverty. Invisible People is now not only a phenomenal embodiment of love, but it is also a nonprofit organization that is on the ground and in the streets. Unlike many others throughout the world, homeless people are not given the privilege of having a voice. They do not usually have social media, and the average person walks by them as if they are buzzing bees that need to be swatted away. Invisible People gives them a voice, a face and a vessel of hope.
These videos have garnered millions upon millions of views and have helped to get people on their feet and back into society. While most of the videos are interviews with homeless people, Horvath also features a series of “updates” of where their journey has taken them.