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UNICEF France Now Accepts Donations in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

The French branch of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) announced that donation options have been expanded to include cryptocurrencies.

The donation page lists options for sending bitcoin, ethereum (or ERC20 tokens), litecoin, ripple, bitcoin cash, dash, monero, eos, and stellar. As well, you can dedicate CPU towards mining bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, bitcoin cash, dash, or monero and donating any earnings directly to UNICEF France.

Writer Omar Faridi, of Crypto Globe, outlines previous efforts by the UNICEF organization involving cryptocurrencies. In February, UNICEF launched the “Game Changers” initiative which targeted online video game players to get them involved in relief efforts for children suffering in Syria. The initiative, which raised 85 ethereum, would have participants download an app that would mine ethereum to be donated. UNICEF Australia, as well, launched a website called “The HopePage” where users can dedicate their computing power for mining cryptocurrencies to be donated to that nation’s division. Now, UNICEF France has become the first entity of the organization to accept cryptos donations directly.

Sébastien Lyon, the executive director at UNICEF France, stated the following concerning the implementation of peer-to-peer donations:

“Cryptocurrency and blockchain technology used for charitable purposes offer a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our operations with children in the countries of intervention.”

As the announcement stated, “UNICEF France has chosen to target a new category of donors, driven by the need to always renew its sources of private funding, and expand the circle of its generous contributors.”