The River

THE RIVER is a community of dedicated supporters who understand the impact we can make together.




Co-founder Ben Affleck on the origin of ECI and our commitment to changing humanitarian aid, for good.

Temporary aid can be disruptive.

That’s why we’ve always worked shoulder to shoulder with Congolese communities to tackle challenges based on local solutions.

With THE RIVER, we take it to the next level.

Every six weeks, community leaders in Congo meet to identify innovative ways to address critical needs. THE RIVER then directly funds those solutions. Full transparency. Every quarter, we share what you made possible. And that’s the partnership. You make change happen.


Celestine Ntakwinga Batunike with her husband and children

For water, we were waking up at 3 a.m. to walk to the water source, wait in-line, and carry the water back. Beyond how much time it took, we were getting water from a stream and so that led to a lot of illness. For healthcare, we never had a health center that had the necessary medicines in stock. Not even the basics.

Today we use Asili water for everything in the household. We drink this water, which is a way to say it has helped our lives. They give us real, quality medicines that actually heal us. What has deeply touched me is all of this support. Asili doesn’t discriminate. It’s one of the reasons that I have chosen this clinic.

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Celestine Ntakwinga Batunike

Wife, mother of two, resident of Kashunguri

To keep you involved in the work that you are generously supporting, members of THE RIVER receive:

  • Access to exclusive virtual events
  • Quarterly reports, sharing real stories of how THE RIVER is supporting communities & partners in eastern Congo
  • ECI’s monthly newsletter
  • A special welcome gift for monthly donors at or above the $24 level

We know that when you make a donation to ECI, you intend it to make a lasting positive. All funds raised through THE RIVER––100% of them––go to community-based projects and programs.

Let’s change humanitarian aid, for good. Join us.

Impacts, no matter how small, have a ripple effect just like a drop in the water.  It is a great way to teach our children how to give in different ways.

– Aude Wilkins, member of THE RIVER’s Founding 50



The Congo River and its tributaries form the backbone of Congolese society–supporting transportation, the economy, farming, energy, and more. Inspired by its importance, this monthly giving community will provide essential sustaining support for ECI and the communities we serve in Congo.