UNICEF France announces it will accept crypto donations

UNICEF France has announced that it will begin to accept donations in cryptocurrency following the success of is Game Chaingers project in February.

The nine accepted cryptocurrencies are Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, Monero, EOS and Stellar.

Sebastien Lyon, executive director of UNICEF France said (loosely translated): “Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology for charitable purposes offer a new opportunity to appeal to the generosity of the public and continue to develop our actions with children in our country of intervention.

“It is an innovation in terms of solidarity and fundraising that we are still few to propose, but which tends to become more democratic.”

In May it was announced that UNICEF were using Coinhive to offer donators the opportunity to support refugees through mining cryptocurrency. The money raised was used to help 400,000 Rohingya children affected by the violence in Myanmar.

Game Chaingers was used to similarly provide aid to children in Syria, by asking gamers to donate their CPU power to mine cryptocurrency. A total of 85 ETH was raised by the time the campaign ended in March.

On his campaign, the organisation said: “Game Caingers is a fundraiser of a new kind, the first made by the blockchain of a cryptocurrency, Ethereum… The project is a platform that aggregates the computing power of all the graphics cards of gamers in the world, to “mine” and generate Ethereum for the benefit of UNICEF.

“A small revolution in itself because thanks to the work of their graphics cards, donors no longer need to give a single euro to support the action of UNICEF.”