In an attempt to help Syrian children, UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) has reached out to PC gamers. They are asking for these gamers to mine Ethereum and donate whatever they earn to the children pf Syria.
The campaign has been named Game Chaingers. Having started on February 2, the charity is scheduled to run for two months ending in April. Its goal is to utilize gamers that use high level graphics cards that are capable of mining and turning them into tool that will work for a humanitarian cause.
“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. Have you heard of Bitcoin? The Ethereum is the same, except that you can more easily ‘mine’ the Ethereum coins via your computer and that money will go directly into the UNICEF wallet.”
The charity works quite simply. When a gamer is turning a break from their computers or when they go to sleep, they can simply switch on UNICEF’s Ethereum mining program. It’s simple and they don’t really have to give anyone anything besides access to their computer’s processing power.
The chairity’s website states the following, “Through the use of mining we create an opportunity for those who can not give or have never had the opportunity to do so.”
At the moment the program is just starting off. Four days after it’s official start the charity has already racked up 900 euros worth of donations. That has come from 360 of its current contributors. According to UNICEF, these donations go directly to Syrian children and assist them in getting water, food, healthcare and an education. Remarkably so, this isn’t the first time that UNICEF has used cryptocurrency to help with humanitarian aid.