American actor Jack Black, the star of comedy was reduced to tears after investing a day with 12-year-old Felix, a homeless Ugandan boy who never ever knew his father and lost his mom in 2012. In to help Red Nose Day, Jack took a trip to Uganda to meet underprivileged kids as well as raise awareness and funds for their much better future.
When he met Felix, who offers recyclables for sale that he gathered from trash so he can have food to eat, an emotional Black breaking his public pledge not to sob urged individuals to donate to help children like Felix live a much better life.
“Unfathomable. Just unfathomable. This is not a place for a 12-year-old boy to be sleeping alone. This is his life. I can’t imagine my kids going through something like that and he’s ever bit as brilliant and sharp as any kid I’ve met. So he wants an education and I think that’s not a lot to ask, so I’m hoping you’ll give as much you can.”
Half the money raised by Red Nose Day helps kids in the United States, and half helps kids like Felix in some of the poorest nations on the planet. TODAY reports that thanks to a program that gains from Red Nose Day, “Felix now lives with a foster family instead of the streets, and he’s pursuing his dream of getting an education”.
With children being the single largest demographic group living in poverty in Uganda with over 56% of its 37 million people under 18, abuse is a major issue in this landlocked African nation. In 2014, a report based upon interviews with more than 130 street children by Human Rights Watch found that with key government institutions cannot sufficiently safeguard children who work or survive the streets, homeless aged 8 to 18 throughout 7 towns in Uganda are often harassed, threatened, beaten, detained and apprehended.
“Children living on the streets in the capital, Kampala, and throughout Uganda’s urban centers face violence and discrimination by police, local government officials, their peers, and the communities in which they work and live. Some left home because of domestic abuse, neglect, and poverty, only to suffer brutality and exploitation by older children and homeless adults on the streets. They often lack access to clean water, food, medical attention, shelter, and education.”
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