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Ben Affleck reflects on his recent trip to the Congo

2017-06-06 10:37
 
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Cape Town – Ben Affleck paid a recent visit to the rural eastern Congo and reflected on his trip in a lengthy post on Instagram.

Alongside two photographs taken of the Batman actor while in the central African country, Ben wrote about an initiative, called Eastern Congo Initiative, he founded seven years ago and how grateful he was to return to Congo.

He describes the initiative as “a grant making and advocacy organisation, focused on investing directly in the Congolese people.”

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Upon his trip Ben met with old friends as well as “longtime grantees” and some of the initiative’s newest partners.

The 44-year-old goes on to recall his meetings with several coffee communities, praising “the positive impact Starbucks' investment in the coffee sector is making to thousands of families along Lake Kivu.”

Ben also spent time with young women and children who have fallen victim to sexual harassment and who are being provided with “judicial services to bring their cases to court, receive medical support and psychological counselling” by a long-time grantee La Dynamique des Femmes.

Ben adds that he also had the opportunity to hike in Africa’s “very first National Park,” Virunga, to witness a family of mountain gorillas cared for by brave rangers.

Ben ended his post saying how after every trip he feels “more inspired that there will be a brighter and more peaceful future for the Congolese.”

SEE THE FULL POST HERE:

Just got home from a listening and learning trip throughout rural eastern Congo. Seven years ago, I founded @EasternCongo Initiative (www.easterncongo.org), a grant making and advocacy organization, focused on investing directly in the Congolese people. I feel beyond fortunate to have had the opportunity to again return to Congo, seeing friends, visiting with longtime grantees, and some of our newest partners. Hard to believe this was my tenth trip to such an amazing place, a country I have fallen in love with. During my week-long visit, I visited several coffee communities and many of our community-based partners in the field. I also saw the positive impact Starbucks' investment in the coffee sector is making to thousands of families along Lake Kivu. Additionally, I spent an afternoon with women and girls, one as young as 7, who have survived horrific sexual violence. Thanks to the extraordinary work of our long-time grantee La Dynamique des Femmes Jurists (http://www.dfj-rdc.org), these brave women and girls are being provided judicial services to bring their cases to court, receive medical support and psychological counseling. It was also stunning to trek into Virunga – the African continent’s very first National Park – to witness a family of Mountain Gorillas in the wild, alongside the inimitable Chief Warden Emmanuel de Merode and the park’s valiant rangers. (www.virunga.org) I am hopeful that they will continue to win the fight against the ongoing threats of oil exploration and violence towards the gorillas in this precious place. Every time I visit, I leave even more inspired there will be a brighter and more peaceful future for the Congolese. The challenges are real, and the road is long, but the Congolese are the hardest working and most hopeful people I know. We often speak of heroes - I count these among the many. It’s the honor of a lifetime to support Congo. My heart will forever be there with them.

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Ben isn’t the only Hollywood celeb to visit an African country in recent weeks. The Beckham family have been spending time in Tanzania, while newly married couple Emmy Rossum and Sam Esmail spent their honeymoon in Rwanda.

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