Having traveled to the region several times, the Gone Baby Gone director, who has daughters Violet, 4, and Seraphina, 1, with his wife Jennifer Garner, explains the inspiration behind the initiative:
“I think most people are empathetic and see people who are struggling and are responsive to that, but for me having my own children definitely added to that sense of global responsibility and made me feel even more for other people’s suffering,” the dad-of-two told Entertainment Tonight at this week’s Children Mending Hearts’ (CMH) third annual Peace Please event in Los Angeles.
Ben’s BFF Matt Damon is equally devoted to doing good and has said in the past that fatherhood has inspired him as well:
“I can’t think of any more important value to instill in our children than the desire to help others. I feel strongly about setting an example for them.”