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Entries by Ben Affleck

$1.50 a Day

(832) Comments | Posted May 1, 2013 | 7:41 PM

Today I am limiting myself to spending a dollar and fifty cents -- technically "living" on a dollar fifty today. Of course, in truth, it's impossible for anyone to live so cheaply in the United States. Insurance, rent, mortgage, utilities, cable, lease payments -- all tick off a daily expense...

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Child Survival in the Democratic Republic of Congo

(115) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 12:07 PM

A month ago I had the privilege to share the podium at a landmark conference in Washington, DC with a group of distinguished professionals committed to improving child survival around the world. This group included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, USAID Administrator Dr. Raj Shah, health ministers and practitioners...

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Happy Mother's Day

(57) Comments | Posted May 12, 2012 | 6:36 PM

It's every mother's human right to give her children health, safety and happiness, no matter where she is from.

Today mothers in the Congo face unimaginable hardships. Inadequate health care, violence and grinding poverty often stand in the way of future prospects and opportunities for their children. But there's hope. There are amazing community-based organizations affecting change everyday.

As you celebrate the moms in your life, please help us raise awareness and support for moms in eastern Congo and the local organizations that are working to improve their lives and communities.

1) SHARE THIS VIDEO via the Huff Post social share buttons to support moms in eastern Congo.

2) MAKE A DONATION in honor of the moms in your life today.

Together we can create an eastern Congo vibrant with the opportunities and future that every mother envisions for her child.

Your contribution will benefit the following community-based organizations:

HEAL Africa: Provides Innovative Prenatal Care and Micro-Insurance programs to Congolese women to increase access to health care for birthing mothers and reduce maternal and infant deaths.

Laissez L'Afrique Vivre (L.A.V.): Provides vocational training, micro grants and safe housing to teenage mothers and vulnerable youth.

AFEM: Encourages the advancement of Congolese women and gender parity in all areas of public life by training and enabling rural women...

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Kony 2012: Westerners Are Not And Will Never Be The 'Saviors' Of Africa

(587) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 9:16 AM

I was thrilled to watch the KONY 2012 video. I began traveling to LRA territory in northern Uganda and Congo in 2007 and I have seen first-hand the anguish and pain their atrocities have left behind. While in Gulu, Northern Uganda, I visited a site run by Healing Hands where...

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Averting Disaster in the Congo

(49) Comments | Posted December 7, 2011 | 9:11 PM

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is heading towards disaster and it need not be the case.

The reasons for the impending disaster are all too apparent. Despite calls by many -- including Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI) in a paper published in the early fall -- Congolese...

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Going Back to Congo: Security and Prosperity Beyond the Election

(71) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 7:33 AM

Sometimes something is important enough to set aside differences and, in our case, our differences are more perception than reality. Some call us a political odd couple, the unexpected match of a Hollywood actor and the wife of a Republican U.S. Senator. The truth is that we found common ground...

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Hometown Hunger USA

(617) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 8:02 AM

The information just released by Feeding America paints a horrific picture -- the reality of hunger in America. According to the USDA, an estimated 50 million Americans are food insecure, including nearly 17 million children. It is morally reprehensible that millions of people in our own backyards and...

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Join ONE Vote '08

(82) Comments | Posted June 14, 2007 | 6:26 PM

It's probably pretty hard nowadays to find a group of 200 Americans who can agree on anything, much less two million Americans. But that's the number of us who are signed up to the ONE Campaign to Make Poverty History.

Earlier this week I got on a conference call with...

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