The Human Rights Foundation (HRF), has distributed 2 billion satoshis (approximately $475,000) to support 10 global initiatives from its Bitcoin Development Fund.
Qala, a fellowship program training the next generation of African Bitcoin and Lightning developers, has received $100,000 which will fund the continuation of the 13-week fellowship in addition to sponsoring six Qala fellows to attend the Oslo Freedom Forum.
$100,000 to Qala (@QalaAfrica), a fellowship program training the next generation of African Bitcoin and lightning developers
Funding will help Qala continue their 13-week fellowship program, as well as sponsor Qala fellows to attend @OsloFF ⚡https://t.co/JTKblC3vDG
— Alex Gladstein 🌋 ⚡ (@gladstein) February 21, 2023
The Africa Bitcoin Conference, the leading conference in Africa that focuses on Bitcoin, has also received a grant of $75,000 from the Human Rights Foundation (HRF). In January 2023, HRF revealed that it had provided $15,000 in travel grants to support students, activists, and developers at the Africa Bitcoin Conference which was held in December 2022.
The following grantees received $50,000 each:
- William Cascarin for his work on Nostr, a censorship-resistant, open-source and decentralized social network
- Bitcoin for Fairness which focuses on raising awareness of Bitcoin for disadvantaged communities and in authoritarian states
- Vasil Dimov, a top 20 Bitcoin Core contributor to ensure continued development and stability of the Bitcoin protocol
The following grantees received $25,000 each:
- Emmanuel Bronshtein has been granted a sum of $25,000 by the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) for his valuable contributions to wallet scrutiny
- Exomunia has also been awarded $25,000 to enhance Bitcoin educational resources
- Ekenimoh Elyan has received $25,000 for his initiative, EasePay
- Bitcoin Myanmar has been granted $25,000 to promote education and awareness around financial freedom
“Bitcoin is a powerful tool for human rights defenders around the world,” and these grants support their belief that “financial freedom is a human right. We are proud to support the amazing work of these individuals and organizations who are using Bitcoin to fight for human rights and freedom, especially in regions where it’s needed most,” said Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer of HRF.
Since the beginning of 2020, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) has provided funding totalling over $2.2 million in both BTC and USD to support more than 70 developers, educators, and open-source initiatives around the world.
The Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is currently seeking further contributions to the Bitcoin Development Fund and plans to announce the next round of grants in May 2023.
Individuals or organizations interested in receiving support from the Bitcoin Development Fund may submit proposals to email@example.com. Further information on the initiative can be found on the Human Rights Foundation’s website.
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