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Paxful Launches Bitcoin Donation Campaign To Combat COVID-19 In Africa

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Peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange Paxful launched a Bitcoin (BTC) donation campaign to support charities in Africa's response to COVID-19.

This campaign is an extension to its ongoing #BuiltWithBitcoin charitable initiative that was launched in 2017 with the goal of building 100 schools, water wells, and community gardens for sustainable agriculture funded entirely by BTC in Africa.

The new initiative calls to raise an Africa Fund, which aims to use BTC donations to purchase Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), food packs, and even provide high-risk individuals with groceries and handwashing stations.

Africa has been hard hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and cases have been growing at exponential rates. The #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund is on a mission to provide a solution to the supply gap there. The biggest issues facing Africa right now include access to food, water, and medical supplies.

U.S.-based Paxful is kicking off the fund with $15,000, and matching any additional donations submitted up to $15,000 to the fund by members of the community in BTC.

Paxful will use the Africa Fund to provide 8,400 meals across South Africa facilitated by GROW Educare Centres and 6,100 masks for frontline workers in the Kibera slums of Kenya by SHOFCO.

SHOFCO is on the front lines of COVID-19 response in Kenya's urban slums, working around the clock to address basic needs like access to clean water, good hygiene and sanitation, economic support and emergency food relief.

The #BuiltWithBitcoin Africa Fund includes another participant, Zam Zam Water, a humanitarian organization devoted to eradicating poverty by providing clean, sustainable water and access to quality education to villages across the globe.

Zam Zam will provide more than 1,000 underserved people with food, vitamin C, sanitizer, face masks, diapers, and carrier bags in various states of Nigeria including Kaduna, Kano, Adamawa, Enugu, Abuja, Lagos, and Kwara.

Zam Zam will also provide 341 families or a total of 1873 people whose children attend Paxful's #BuiltWithBitcoin schools in Rwanda with health insurance, access to clean water, books, and school supplies to continue learning through the pandemic.

Paxful is now looking to build on its #BuiltWithBitcoin philanthropic initiative and develop it into a worldwide phenomenon to create a positive social change with BTC, beginning with Africa.

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