With thousands of Afghans currently being accepted as refugees in different countries following the Taliban’s takeover of many highly populated areas, many nonprofit organizations are accepting donations in cryptocurrency.
Thousands, if not millions, of Afghans are attempting to or are in the process of fleeing their home in fear of what the Taliban may do now they are largely in control of the country. Organizations helping refugees and those on the ground have put the word out: They need funds to support Afghans arriving on foreign soil with often little more than the clothes on their backs.
Hearts & Homes for Refugees, a New-York based grassroots nonprofit, is currently calling for donations to assist the roughly 20,000 Afghans still in the country waiting for United State authorities to process special immigrant visas. The group hopes to raise enough funds to relocate Afghan families to Westchester County, and currently accepts Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), ZCash (ZEC), Gemini dollar (GUSD), BAL, Yearn.Finance (YFI), Polygon (MATIC), Synthetix (SNX) and Bancor (BNT) through its integration with the Giving Block.
CARE, an organization with offices across the world that advocates for women and girls, said 393,000 Afghans have been displaced during the Taliban takeover and are in need of emergency aid. Jack Butcher, the founder of consulting firm Visualize Value, launched a series of nonfungible token, or NFT, “care packages,” each of which is aimed to be sold to match the organization’s estimated cost covering a single family’s emergency needs for a month.
Butcher said the 0.028 ETH proceeds of each NFT sale — totaling $124,576, as of Aug. 19 — have gone directly to CARE to help Afghans. At the time of publication, 195 of the individual NFTs are still available to purchase. Crypto users also have the option of purchasing 10 at a time for 0.28 ETH, or roughly $914, to help 10 families through late September.
Some organizations with operations on the ground in Afghanistan are also still in contact using social media and asking for help. Code to Inspire, a school aiming to educate Afghan girls on coding and robotics, is accepting crypto contributions via the Giving Block. Founder Fareshteh Forough reported today that students were “still coding at home."
The situation in Afghanistan is still developing, but there have already been reports of assault, murder and human rights violations as the Taliban expand their foothold. However, it's important for well-intentioned crypto users to be mindful about who they donate to; some fear that scammers may use the media attention to their advantage by stealing donations intended for Afghans.