Ben Affleck was awarded the People’s Choice Award for favorite humanitarian at on Wednesday night’s award show. This is the third annual People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian, presented by Walgreens. The live award show was aired on January 7th from the Nokia Theater L.A.
“We are so pleased to honor Ben with the 2015 People’s Choice Humanitarian Award,” said Executive Producer Mark Burnett. “This award has become an important part of our show. It highlights a different side of a celebrity and helps bring awareness to a cause that our audience can support.”
Affleck was chosen as this year’s recipient in recognition of the work he has done with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which he founded in 2010.
In 2010, Affleck and Whitney Williams co-founded the Eastern Congo Initiative. Investors include Howard Graham Buffett, Google, Laurene Powell Jobs and Cindy McCain. ECI supports “Africans finding solutions to African problems” by acting as a grant maker for Congolese-led, community-based organizations. ECI, with two employees in the US and 12 in the Congo, makes grants and offers capacity-building support to over 20 charities involved with supporting survivors of rape and sexual violence, reintegrating child soldiers into their communities, promoting economic opportunity, increasing access to health care and education, and promoting community-level peace and reconciliation. One ECI grantee, Green House, offers training and resources to Congolese farmers.