“We are basically seeing where some of the money that’s been raised over the last 25 years of Red Nose Day is being spent. The children are being brought here for developmental check-ups and also they are going to be given a vaccination against the rotavirus – which is a form of diarrhoea that the children can get and it’s a big cause of death for the under-fives here so it’s very important.
“They’ll be a million vaccinations given out across Africa thanks to Comic Relief, so it’s a million potential lives we’re saving,” he added.
On his trip, Jonathan admitted: “It’s incredible and been such a lovely experience for me. We went yesterday to a slum nearby and it was a really exciting and vibrant place, it wasn’t what I expected… there was such a strong sense of community.
“But the problems there are – because of the overcrowding and it’s on a polluted river – the sanitation is terrible, the hygiene is terrible. So it’s a pretty desperate place in some ways.
“We also visited a school right in the center that had been set up with Comic Relief money way back and initially they had 12 children, they’ve built some new rooms and they now have 250 children go there every day.
“They give them a meal and teach them everything. And the children were so happy and so keen to be there and so keen to learn and that’s one of the things I’ll be taking away from this trip – the African people we’re helping here really want to get on with their lives. They want to get to the stage where they don’t want help or need help anymore.”
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