Taraji P Henson’s trip to a children’s foundation in Kliptown, Johannesburg, left her in tears this week

Henson, who plays Cookie Lyon on FOX’s hit TV drama, Empire, visited the Keep a Child Alive Foundation on Wednesday.

Taraji is an ambassador for the foundation, which was co-founded by Grammy award winner, Alicia Keys. Other ambassadors for the foundation include Muhammad Ali’s daughter Laila Ali and singer, Janelle Monáe

Taraji also visited the Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) Foundation.

She says the experience has changed her forever

“This was a VERY emotional trip!!! I really cannot put into words my experience today!!! The HOPE that these babies gave ME?!?! I was so sad and could NOT stop crying because I DO NOT understand why poverty exist. I JUST CANNOT WRAP MY MIND AROUND IT!!! There is enough for EVERY HUMAN ON THIS EARTH!!! (sic)” she said on Instagram.

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Taraji added that she could not stop crying

“God bless your pure heart @aliciakeys. I am so honored to be an ambassador for your beautiful #keepachildalivefoundation When in #KlipTown a young man in the program asked me why I was crying I said ” My heart hurts for the ppl here”. He told me to stop crying because everything is going to be alright and proceeded to sing ” Everything’s gonna’ be alright” and everyone joined in on the song. I couldn’t believe it. The spirit of the African people CANNOT AND WILL NOT BE BROKEN!!! Now that is HOPE like I have NEVER SEEN IN MY LIFE. I am forever a changed woman!!! God Bless SOUTH AFRICA!!! (sic)”