Wednesday, May 19, 2010
NBC News "Making a Difference": Ben Affleck in the Congo
Affleck said that he regrets not having found a cause like this sooner, rather than merely bouncing from movie to movie. In 2001, shortly before 9/11, Affleck had entered alcohol rehabilitation, according to a People story (link )
This reminds me of other celebrity projects, such as Matt Damon’s support for bringing safe drinking water to developing areas (the H2O Africa project here http://www.h2oafrica.org/). Another comparable project was Oprah Winfrey’s girls’ school in South Africa, which unfortunately led to some litigation.
Wikipedia attribution link, raster graphics map of the Congo