Binance Charity is donating $2.5 million in cryptocurrency to support Unicef’s humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. The announcement comes as the ongoing military standoff with invading Russian forces increasingly puts children at risk.
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The Binance Charity Foundation has announced a donation of $2.5 million in cryptocurrency for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The money will be used to fund the organization’s efforts in Ukraine amid growing hostilities with Russia that threaten growing numbers of children and their parents.
“Humanitarian needs are increasing hour by hour,” Unicef said in a statement. “Many children are deeply traumatized by the violence around them. Hundreds of thousands of people are on the move and family members have been separated from loved ones,” the organization added.
Unicef noted that the crypto donation comes at a time when the fund needs to ramp up its activities in Ukraine and neighboring countries accepting refugees. The aim is to reach every child in need of protection and Ukraine has around 7.5 million children.
The organization is currently focusing on access to drinking water and health care, including in areas close to the conflict line. The Children’s Fund works with local authorities to provide immediate assistance to families in need as well as child protection services and psychosocial care.
“We count on the generosity and support of the global business community to help Unicef and our partners reach these children and their families whose lives and futures are at stake,” said Carla Hadid Mardini, Director of the Private Fundraising and Partnerships Division of Unicef in Geneva. . She thanked Binance Charity for their support.
Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, last week announced a series of humanitarian activities and the donation of $10 million for the people of Ukraine. Binance Charity works with Unicef through its Luxembourg committee.
Binance Founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao said the speed at which the conflict in Ukraine is escalating has shocked the world. He also praised the collaboration between the Binance community and Unicef.
In 2019, Unicef launched a crypto fund, becoming the first United Nations organization to not only accept but also disperse cryptocurrency to support projects for children around the world. In 2020, it also provided crypto investment funding to startups.
Ukraine itself has raised funds in various cryptocurrencies since Russia launched its military assault in February. Kyiv authorities and non-governmental organizations have used crypto donations to support defense efforts and meet humanitarian needs.
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