UNICEF France will now accept cryptocurrency from donors across the globe.
According to the statement released by French Media, the NGO said the donations will be in 9 cryptocurrencies, namely, bitcoin cash (BCH), bitcoin core (BTC), ethereum (ETH), litecoin (LTC), ripple (XRP), eos (EOS), monero (XMR), dash (DASH), and stellar (XLM).
Donations in all supported cryptos are currently accepted directly through the website of the local French branch.
Speaking on this new feat, the director of UNICEF France, Sébastien Lyon said,
“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.”
He added that cryptocurrencies and crypto technologies represent innovations in fundraising for solidarity but are still under used by many organizations. However, cryptocurrency as donations is bound to be embraced in due time, he noted.
This isn’t the first crypto-related initiative of the United Nations Children’s Fund. In February, UNICEF launched a fundraising program to collect funds needed for the protection of the children suffering from the civil war in Syria.
The campaign called “Game Chaingers” was targeting computer gamers. UNICEF asked gamers around the world to use their powerful graphic cards to mine Ethereum.
Later, in May UNICEF Australia started a similar campaign through a dedicated website called “The Hopepage”. Visitors are asked to share some of their computing power to mine and donate cryptocurrency by simply opening the page and consenting to their devices being used to process crypto transactions while surfing the internet.
Meanwhile, more than 22,000 people are currently mining and donating cryptocurrency via the platform set up by the Australian office of the UN agency.