In its efforts to use emerging technology to create innovative fundraising methods, UNICEF has launched a cryptocurrency-based fundraising initiative called The Hopepage.
The Hopepage, by UNICEF Australia, is a browser-based cryptocurrency mining platform that uses third-party computer processing power to generate funds. All you need to do is to keep The Hopepage open in one tab while you use your browser, to automatically generate funds that will go to children affected by the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
The donation platform offers a safe and convenient method to do your part in helping these children. Here’s how it works – When on The Hopepage, your browser will use the computer processor’s power to solve cryptocurrency algorithms. As and when an algorithm is solved, cryptocurrency is earned and donated to UNICEF Australia. To provide user safety and flexibility, each individual will have to confirm consent and can turn down the power based on how much power they want to donate.
The website explains that the mining process is completely safe and offers the following instructional message: “The longer you stay on the page and the more processor power you donate, the more algorithms get solved, which earns cryptocurrency … If you’re ever worried about power consumption, simply turn down the amount of processing power you’re donating. The cryptocurrency is automatically donated to UNICEF Australia and is turned into real funds that reach children through life-saving supplies like safe water, therapeutic food and vaccines. Turn the Hope Page into your homepage to give every day.”
UNICEF joined hands with the crypto-mining service Coinhive for the purpose of this initiative. Coinhive’s AuthedMine.com used a Monero miner that is embedded into other websites and extract computer processing power when a person visits the site. AuthedMine.com will only allow The Hopepage to use a visitor’s CPU after the user opts in for the service. Commonly used ad-blocking browser extensions may restrict Coinhive API codes, in which case UNICEF says users will need to manually disable ad-blocks for The Hopepage in order to donate.
All funds raised through The Hopepage is donated towards supplies such as safe water, therapeutic food and vaccines for Rohingya children who fled from Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh.