The actor spoke out about former congressman Tom Perriello's Special Envoy appointment Monday

By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated July 06, 2015 02:35 PM
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Amid his ongoing divorce from Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck broke his Twitter silence Monday to chime in on news related to the humanitarian work he holds dear to his heart.

The 42-year-old actor Tweeted to thank Secretary of State John Kerry for appointing former congressman Tom Perriello as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region of Africa on Monday.

“@JohnKerry Thx for appointing Tom Perriello as Special Envoy, Africa Great Lakes & #DRC. @EasternCongo partners look fwd to working w/ him,” Affleck wrote, mentioning his organization, the Eastern Congo Initiative (ECI), which he founded in 2010.

Affleck has been a devoted advocate for the people of the war-torn region of Congo. His organization works to further economic and social development in eastern Congo by fighting for policy change. (He received the humanitarian award at the People’s Choice Awards in January for his commitment.)

“I want to do something more with my life than just make movies and try to make money,” Affleck told PEOPLE in December 2012.

Father to Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3, with Garner, Affleck explained at the time that giving back to the world was important when it came to serving “as an example to my kids.”

“I tell them it’s important to be involved in the world in ways that help others and not just yourself.”

Affleck and Garner, who announced their split June 30, made a family appearance, alongside daughter Violet, in March at a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee meeting where the actor spoke to a panel about increasing foreign aid to the area.

In February 2014, Affleck met with Kerry to testify in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an Africa expert.

“Finally, it’s just a pleasure to be back here in the State Department. The real State Department – I had to fake it for Argo,” he joked. “I get to see the real thing here, so it’s quite intimidating.”