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Los Angeles, July 17 - Actor-filmmaker Ben Affleck was honoured here for his humanitarian work with Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI).

He took centre-stage at the Starkey Hearing Foundation awards gala in St. Paul, Minnesota, on July 16.

Affleck told people.com that working with the Congolese people has been one of the greatest, most awe-inspiring experiences of my life.

The Starkey Hearing Foundation, which brings hearing aids to people in need in the US and around the world, raises millions of dollars with the annual event, where this year Steven Tyler and Darius Rucker performed.

In 2009, Affleck founded ECI, a grant-making and advocacy organization focused on investing in and working with the people of eastern Congo. One of the group's many projects has been partnering with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to bring life-changing hearing aids to people in the war-torn area.

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