Fresh off his Oscar win for “Argo,” Ben Affleck has jumped back into work — but not in Hollywood.
The actor/director has expanded his partnership with TOMS shoes to create a line of colorful footwear that will benefit the needy in the Congo.
The limited edition line, with designs inspired by Congolese textiles, is available for both men and women. For every pair sold, $5 will go to Affleck’s charity, the Eastern Congo Initiative. Additionally, with each purchase, a pair of shoes will be donated to a child in need.
According to the ECI website, “The TOMS x Eastern Congo Initiative shoes (for men and for women) represent a shared commitment to inspiring change for and by the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Each purchase still means a new pair of shoes for you and a child in need, but it also helps fund ECI’s partner programs for youth and families in the region.”
The site further explains that many Congolese children must walk large distances over sharp volcanic soil to attend school. This initiative is designed to help provide those children with necessary footwear, in order to promote school attendance.
And while Affleck is no doubt proud of his Hollywood achievements, it’s clear that it’s his charity work that truly resonates with him.
“This is important work, but it’s also very rewarding for me. There is no question in my mind that, down the road, when I’m an old man and I look back on my life, this will be the thing that I most respect…This is what I believe in, what I think is the meaning of life,” he says.
Check out the video below to hear Affleck discuss his charity endeavors and why he’s working to aid the Congolese.