ChildVoice Launches Digital Drive to Fund a Water Well in Nigeria’s Malkohi Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp

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The borehole and solar pump, to be funded through cryptocurrency giving, will supply water for the organization’s planned counseling and skills training center, serving up to 200 war-affected Nigerian youth living in the Malkohi camp.

ChildVoice, a 501(c)(3) non-profit rehabilitation and development organization dedicated to “restoring the voices of children silenced by war,” today announced a new cryptocurrency fundraising project to fund a borehole (water well, solar pump, and storage tank) in Nigeria’s Malkohi IDP camp for the benefit of hundreds of the organization’s war-affected students living in the Malkohi IDP camp outside the city of Yola, Nigeria. This round of funding is in partnership with BitGive, a digital philanthropy nonprofit based in California, and will be serviced through BitGive’s signature GiveTrack online platform. The project (https://www.givetrack.org/project-details/109/Fresh-Water-for-Children-Displaced-by-Boko-Haram-in-Nigeria) seeks to obtain cryptocurrency donations equivalent to $5,600 US.

“We are excited about taking our first step into the realm of cryptocurrency fundraising for this project,” says Kristin Benoit, Director of Programs for ChildVoice. “To date, the ChildVoice Empowerment Program for youth in the Malkohi camps has been limited without our own building and water source. We are a growing organization with many needs, and ChildVoice is thrilled at the potential of new funding streams created through digital philanthropy.”

“As ChildVoice expands with its new Youth Empowerment Center, this borehole will be very important in supporting the life-giving projects of ChildVoice Nigeria,” says David Jomusu, Case Manager and Head of Logistics for ChildVoice’s Nigeria office.

The borehole will be installed in conjunction with the organization’s planned Youth Empowerment Center in the IDP camp, where up to 200 young victims of Boko Haram and other violent groups will receive rehabilitative counseling and skills training in such areas as agriculture and culinary arts. These are programs for which a reliable water supply plays a critical role -- one that cannot be filled by the camp’s single hand-pump well, which serves the entire camp community of over 2,000 people. This new round of funding will be used to pay for:

  • Drilling and installation of the borehole
  • Installation of a solar pump
  • Installation of a storage tank

Added Peter Rexer, VP of Engineering, “We’re thrilled to be working with Childvoice on their first digital philanthropy campaign and look forward to offering them the ability to raise cryptocurrency funds transparently.”

About Childvoice
Since 2006, ChildVoice (https://childvoice.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been serving the rehabilitative and skills training needs of war-affected Ugandan youth at its Lukome Center in Lukodi, Uganda. Since then, ChildVoice has established Youth Empowerment Centers to serve young South Sudanese refugees in the Imvepi Refugee Settlement, and in 2018 began establishing a presence in IDP camps of northeastern Nigeria. ChildVoice is dedicated to helping war-affected adolescent girls and boys build developmental, educational, and vocational assets that will empower them to lead productive, economically advantaged, and independent lives, while contributing towards a sustainable and better future for their children, families, and communities.

About BitGive
BitGive was founded in 2013 by leading industry figure Connie Gallippi. Based in California, BitGive is the first Bitcoin 501(c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the U.S. government. The organization aims to bridge the gap between the Bitcoin and Blockchain industry and its practical applications for humanitarian and nonprofit work. The first of its kind, BitGive is revolutionizing global philanthropy through technology with its flagship project, GiveTrack.

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