The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) France announced that the organization is now accepting digital currency donations. Based on their official website post, there are nine cryptocurrencies the donors can use to make a donation. The list includes Bitcoin Core (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Stellar (XLM), Ethereum (ETH), EOS (EOS), Dash (DASH), Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), and Monero (XMR).
For cryptocurrency donations, donors can visit the website of the local French branch and choose a cryptocurrency option. Donors also have another option which is to directly donate for free the computer power by mining six of the cryptocurrencies (except the non-minable EOS, Ripple, and Stellar) and straight to UNICEF France’s wallet.
The executive director of UNICEF France Sébastien Lyon stated that by using the blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies it offers new opportunities to appeal to the generosity of the public and to develop the actions with children in the country of intervention. He added that the technology offers innovative ways to raise funds for various social causes.
The decision to introduce cryptocurrency donations came after the success of Game Chaingers, a fundraiser for the Syrian Children’s program backed by cryptocurrency. It was launched back in February with the aim to help Syrian children from the war. The project appealed to online video game players to download a crypto mining app from UNICEF’s official website and use powerful graphics cards to mine Ethereum.
Another similar project was launched back in May by UNICEF Australia. The HopePage is a fundraising effort that allows people who visit the website to donate their computing resources in order to mine cryptocurrencies. Every computer power is a hope for every child as what the organization states.
The current crypto-project by UNICEF also has an option for mining and while there is an inherent risk of crypto jacking, the organization assured the willing donors that their devices will suffer no consequences. The organization is actively using the technology to get more help for the children in need.