Ben Affleck paid his tenth visit to the Congo last week to see the positive change his Eastern Congo Initiative has made to the community. The actor, who founded the charitable program seven years ago, reflected on the special trip in a lengthy Facebook post on Monday (June 5).
“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," wrote the father of three, alongside a photo of himself gazing out at the stunning landscape. He added how lucky he feels to have visited “such as amazing place" so many times.
Ben spent time visiting organizations that have received support from the Eastern Congo Intiative, including one that provides legal advice, medical care and counselling services to victims of sexual assault.
He also spent time in Virunga, Africa’s first national park, where he witnessed "a family of Mountain Gorillas in the wild" alongside park rangers.
The Academy Award winner finished the reflective post by expressing his hopes and dreams for residents of the Congo. "Every time I visit, I leave even more inspired there will be a brighter and more peaceful future for the Congolese," wrote the actor, adding that his "heart will forever be there with them."