Paxful’s initiative aims to use Bitcoin donations to benefit thousands of families in Africa, helping them during the COVID-19 pandemic
Paxful recently launched a Bitcoin donation (BTC) campaign to support charities in combating COVID-19 in Africa. This campaign is an extension of its #BuiltWithBitcoin charity initiative, launched in 2017 with the aim of building 100 schools, water wells and community gardens for sustainable agriculture funded entirely by BTC in Africa.
The new initiative calls for fundraising for the Africa Fund, which aims to use donations in BTC to buy personal protective equipment (PPE), food packages and even provide people at high risk with groceries and hand washing stations.
Africa has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and cases have been growing at exponential rates. The #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund is on a mission to provide a solution to the supply gap on the continent. The biggest problems facing Africa today include access to food, water and medical supplies.
U.S.-based Paxful is opening the fund with $ 15,000, paying in addition to any additional donations sent up to $ 15,000 to the fund by members of the Bitcoin community.
Paxful will use the Africa Fund to provide 8,400 meals across South Africa, facilitated by GROW Educare Centers and 6,100 masks for frontline workers in the slums of Kibera, Kenya, by SHOFCO.
SHOFCO is at the forefront of responding to COVID-19 in Kenya’s urban slums, working around the clock to meet basic needs such as access to clean water, good hygiene and sanitation, economic support and emergency food aid.
The #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund includes another participant, Zam Zam Water, a humanitarian organization dedicated to poverty eradication, providing clean and sustainable water and access to quality education for villages around the world.
Zam Zam will provide more than 1,000 needy people with food, vitamin C, disinfectant, face masks, diapers and bags in several states in Nigeria, including Kaduna, Kano, Adamawa, Enugu, Abuja, Lagos and Kwara.
Zam Zam will also provide support for (with the assistance of Paxful’s #BuiltWithBitcoin) 341 families or a total of 1873 Rwanda people whose children attend schools, and that support includes health insurance, access to drinking water, books and school supplies for continue to learn from the pandemic.
Paxful is now looking to take advantage of its #BuiltWithBitcoin philanthropic initiative to turn it into a worldwide phenomenon, aiming to create positive social change with BTC, starting in Africa.