Spotlight: Ben Affleck's Charity Work

Spotlight: Ben Affleck's Charity Work
In 2010, Ben founded Eastern Congo Initiative (Eci), a grant-making and advocacy organization focused on investing in and working with the people of eastern Congo. Eci believes that local, community-based approaches are essential to creating a sustainable and successful society in eastern Congo, and works to increase the quality and quantity of investments in the region.

Since 2007, Affleck has made nine trips to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Drc), with a focus on the eastern provinces. He has focused on understanding the causes and consequences of conflict on the continent, and learning about African solutions to the problems affecting the Drc. In May 2008, a film crew from ABC’s Nightline joined Ben on a trip to the Drc, meeting with a diverse set of individuals – including President Joseph Kabila; former armed group leader Laurent Nkunda; refugees and internally displaced people; former child soldiers; and leaders from local and international NGOs,
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