When Ed Sheeran filmed a documentary for the Comic Relief movement, he took a trip to Liberia. But for him, it was more than just his duty as a celebrity he knew he wanted to help those in need.
What he learned while he was there broke his heart. We often hear about horrors and injustices taking place around the world, but yet no solutions to them.
When music icon Ed Sheeran saw what homeless boys in Liberia are exposed to, he couldn’t simply move on with his life without taking action.
He ended up saving the life of a little boy named JD, and several of his friends. They’d been raped and beaten several times,this it hit him hard.
When JD narrated his story,it moved him to tears,despite the fact he’d been raped, robbed and abused by older children, he had retained a sense of joy and held secret dreams of one day becoming president.
Sheeran promised to save JD and his friends from their terrible lives a promise he kept even when the cameras had stopped rolling.
At first Sheeran simply wanted to ensure the kids were moved away from the slum. Then the thought struck home: “Can we do that? Can I pay to put them in a house until we get them in a school?”
But after filming wrapped, Ed Sheeran couldn’t leave JD and his friends alone there. He knew he had to do something. So he brought them to Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, and set up JD and his five friends in a house with his own money, where a woman named Ma oversees them and looks after them.
Sheeran’s next goal was to help them move forward with their lives, so he saw to it that each child was placed in a school to get an education and eventually have a better shot at realising their dreams.
“I’m very glad that I will start school soon. I want to be president, so I have to study hard. When I’m president I’ll help the other children, and ensure that all children can go to school and that all families have food.
I miss going to school and life has been rough for all of us. I and my five friends live on a single cup of water and a small piece of bread daily, and every day is dangerous for us, we have been beaten, raped, and stolen from, although we already have nothing”.
JD can’t wait to start going to school again, and he loves having someone who cares for him , he’s thankful to Ed and those filming the documentary for helping him.