The screening of the film “Invisible Children,” a documentary about child soldiers in Uganda, inspired  the students in Susan Sullivan’s class on Genocide and the Holocaust to action.

The film sparked a discussion in class which led to several students forming the African Service Project. Soon after that, the students, along with Sullivan’s help, organized a fundraiser at the Performing Arts Center that raised over $23,000 for a worthy African charity.

Sullivan along with several students, gave a report to the School Committee on Wednesday, detailing the group’s progress.

Sullivan said the film about the Ugandan children had “an amazing impact” on the kids, who were horrified at the tale of the “night commuters.”

“They couldn’t be out at night ... because the soldiers would come in and take them right out of their homes,” she said.

The children’s plight struck a chord with the DHS students.

“People as fortunate as us, we’re letting this happen,” said Kelly Hennessy.

The students started small, fundraising by selling bracelets and t-shirts. Selling snowflakes at local stores netted a few hundred dollars, and the club donated $500 to help two Duxbury men build an orphanage in Uganda.

But eventually, the students knew they wanted to make a bigger impact.

“I knew we had to do something to help them, these kids are suffering so much,” said Alex McCaffrey, a DHS senior whose t-shirt design helped raise money for the project.

In a weekend-long event in March at the PAC, the African Service Project organized a concert to benefit an organization called Calling All Crows, which is dedicated to eradicating violence against women. The organization was started by Chad Stokes of State Radio, who performed at the concert along with TAB and local band The Dirty Hit.

“We didn’t know if this was going to work unless we got a big band,” Sullivan said.

Along with the concert, an auction was held, and “Invisible Children” was screened along with student films.

At the end of the weekend, the group had raised around $23,000, and had collected truckloads of food for the pantry.

“That money is going to save people’s lives,” Sullivan said.