The Human Rights Foundation Gave Aways 425 Million Sats. Here Are The Recipients

The Human Rights Foundation Gave Aways 425 Million Sats. Here Are The Recipients

The Bitcoin Development Fund by The Human Rights Foundation performed another magic trick. They used the sat standard to announce their latest round of “gifts.” This time around, it “focuses on Bitcoin core, lightning, and wallet development as well as expanding Bitcoin education and translation in emerging markets and authoritarian regimes,” the HRF said in a press release. They distributed a whooping 425 million sats.

Since May 2020, the Human Rights Foundation’s “Bitcoin Development Fund focuses on improving the privacy, usability, and resilience of the Bitcoin Network.” It was created “to support open source software.” So far, it “has allocated more than $1.1 million worth of Bitcoin and dollars to more than 30 developers and educators across the world.”

So, who are the recipients this time around? Let’s meet them.

The Human Rights Foundation Gave 100 Million Satoshis To:

  • The only recipient that got one full bitcoin was Jarol Rodriguez. He’s a full-time Bitcoin Core developer. Rodriguez “is on the frequent contributor list, having completed hundreds of pull requests.” He’s currently working on a new graphical user interface (GUI) client for Bitcoin Core. “His goal is to help ship a beautiful, performant client with an intuitive UX.” Onwards!
  • The Human Rights Foundation Gave 50 Million Satoshis To:

  • Educator “Farida Nabourema to create “Togo’s Bitcoin Academy”. According to her website, she’s “a social activist and writer, recently emerging as the unequivocal voice of Togo’s pro-democracy movement.” The program that The Human Rights Foundation is helping her create, “will provide digital resources to educate Togolese citizens about Bitcoin, giving them the knowledge and opportunity to break free from the dictator-backed CFA currency.”
  • Entrepreneur “Roya Mahboob to re-launch “The Women’s Annex.” The platform “will work to leverage Bitcoin to reduce gender bias in finance and help women in Afghanistan earn income in a hard currency.“ Female content creators will be able to publish their work, earn bitcoin, and learn about the Bitcoin network.
  • The developers of Sparrow Wallet. An “open-source Bitcoin-only” desktop wallet “with a focus on security, privacy and usability.” According to The Human Rights Foundation, the sats “will allow the Sparrow team to continue development with features like Lightning and improved privacy tools.”
  • Author and podcaster “Anita Posch to create the “Bitcoin For Fairness Foundation.” With this new foundation, “Posch plans to travel to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, Nigeria, and Latin America to report from the ground, connect and boost the profile of local stakeholders, and identify and work with educators on the ground to expand Bitcoin adoption locally and awareness globally.”
  • Funnily, Bitcoinist just featured Posch in a “From The Ground” report from El Salvador. So, she’s already doing the work.

    The Human Rights Foundation Gave 25 Million Satoshis To:

  • Privacy first, account-free, “Boltz Exchange to continue to bootstrap the circular lightning economy.” They’ll also be “adding support for Liquid and enabling Liquid to Lightning swaps.”
  • Global summer internship program “Summer of Bitcoin to develop the next generation of Bitcoin talent.” The program is both for designers and developers. “Interested applicants can learn more and apply here.”
  • The project “Exonumia, a Bitcoin non-profit translating Bitcoin educational content into native African languages.” Besides adding more languages and improving their website, the organization will “setup a Mattermost instance to host Bitcoin conversations in different languages and help support different communities.” Exonumia was recently featured by Bitcoinist.
  • The organization “Blockchain Commons to expand Learning Bitcoin from the Command Line to include more Lightning information and expand Blockchain Common’s Gordian Server system to automatically deploy Lightning.”
  • Refugee advocate “Meron Estefanos for Bitcoin education in Eritrea and the Horn of Africa.” The Human Rights Foundation gift will help her “create a workshop to educate Eritreans on how to use Bitcoin, and educate Eritreans about Bitcoin via social media.”
  • Kudos to The Human Rights Foundation for this phenomenal program. May they continue to help activists, educators, and privacy-focused projects for years to come. In the second quarter of 2022, they’ll announce the next round of Bitcoin Development Fund grants. You can count on Bitcoinist to keep you posted.


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