UNICEF Enlists Gamers to Mine Ethereum for Aiding Syrian Children

UNICEF launches unique cryptocurrencies-for-charity venture – a blockchain fundraising project which invites gamers to use their graphics cards to generate funds for Syrian children by mining Ethereum.

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) has launched a new cryptocurrency-based charity initiative for children in Syria, which invites gamers to help raise funds by mining Ethereum.

The two-month campaign, which was launched on February 2 and is dubbed “Game Chaingers”, asks gamers to turn their high-level graphics cards “into a humanitarian tool” in the “first ever blockchain fundraising” project, by mining Ether for UNICEF.

As per the campaign’s official website:

“Today, humanitarian collections often solicit the same people with the same methods, but cryptocurrencies and their revolutionary approach are an opportunity to raise funds differently.”

All those interested in participating are instructed to install Claymore, a mining software, which can then be used to generate ETH directly in UNICEF’s digital wallet “without lifting a finger or spending a Euro”. Gamers can turn the software on anytime they are not using their PCs, allowing it to access their computer’s processing power for mining ETH.

As per the campaign’s official website, so far the total funds raised amount to approximately 1291 Euros, with 2097.39 MH/s of computing power used. The project has had 522 contributors so far.

In addition to inviting gamers to contribute, the website also provides interested donors the option to make an Ethereum donation directly to UNICEF’s wallet, or via credit cards or PayPal.

According to the project website, there are around 8.3 million children in need of emergency assistance in war-torn Syria, and all funds will go towards providing humanitarian aid in the sectors of water and hygiene, education, children's protection, and health.

The UNICEF’s blockchain-driven approach to fundraising marks yet another venture to explore the usage of blockchain tech and cryptocurrencies for humanitarian causes. Last year, the UN’s World Food Program (WFP) made use of the Ethereum blockchain to deliver aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan. Interest has also been expressed in employing blockchain tech to combat issues such as child trafficking.