The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that its French office now accepts cryptocurrency donations.
UNICEF France has followed up on other cryptocurrency related initiatives it adopted this year, to add 9 popular digital currencies to its website donation portal. The donation option features most of the popular coins including BCH and BTC.
The United Nations Children’s Fund is a United Nations program headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group. UNICEF currently works in 190 countries and territories around the globe.
This is not the first case of UNICEF using cryptocurrency to facilitate and fund their projects around the world. Earlier this year the organization announced a program designed to use donors’ computers to raise fiat currency through cryptocurrency mining.
The website, the nucleus of the new project, is called The Hope Page and is able to mine the cryptocurrency Monero using donors’ computer processing power through Coinhive, a crypto-mining service. In February, it launched a similar program to support children in Syria, affected by the lengthy civil war in that country, using donors’ computers to mine Ether. Talking about the latest of the fund’s humanitarian projects to support children around the globe, director of UNICEF France, Sébastien Lyon stated:
“Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes offers a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our operations with children in the countries of intervention.”
Recently, there’s been a significant increase in charity events related to crypto. Some of these have joined a growing establishment of charities accepting Bitcoin donations such as Electronic Frontier Foundation, Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, WikiLeaks, Antiwar.com, Watsi, Water Project, Code to Inspire, Bitgive and Epic Change.
Despite the trend, charities claim they are still underfunded, and opening up to numerous cryptocurrencies is one way of opening up other channels for donors to support essential projects.
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