Doge4Water Campaign Raising 40 Million Dogecoin
The Doge4Water campaign has raised 40 million dogecoin ($31,200) to help people in drought-stricken Africa. Doge4Water

An anonymous benefactor has donated 14 million dogecoin to a campaign to provide drinking water for parts of drought-stricken Kenya.

What is being called the "by far the most valuable tweet in history" has seen the Doge4Water campaign reach its goal of 40 million dogecoin well ahead of its end date of 22 March - which coincides with World Water Day.

The current value of 14 million dogecoin is $10,920 (£6560) meaning that every character of the tweet which donated the virtual currency to the fundraising campaign was worth just over $106.

The identity of the person who donated the dogecoin is unknown, with him/her simply going by the name Hood on Twitter and Reddit. And while some people on the dogecoin thread on Reddit have criticised others for seeking to identify him/her, the anonymous benefactor has said:

"Not to worry about my identity, Reddit friends. I live in the world of proxies, disposable devices, and roaming vehicles."

"I'm here for the greedy"

The mysterious person used @tipdoge to send the 14 million dogecoin to the Doge4Water campaign. Hood's Twitter account was only created on 14 March, with his opening tweet indicating just what his intentions were:

"I am here for the greedy. Taking the crumbs and spreading them to those in need." He went on to say the dogecoin community had "pure intentions" and he wanted to help them out.

The first ever $10,000 tweet demonstrates the power of digital currency and social media to make the world a better place
- Jackson Palmer, dogecoin founder

Dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer said this latest effort by the dogecoin community showed just what could be achieved with cryptocurrencies:

"I'm really proud of the Dogecoin community for using the money they've made to change the lives of others instead of hoarding it. The first ever $10,000 tweet demonstrates the power of digital currency and social media to make the world a better place."


The Doge4Water campaign was the brainchild of digital currency entrepreneur Eric Nakagawa who has teamed up with the New York-based non-profit water:charity to try and raise funds to support a remote region in Kenya near the Tana River.

The money raised will go towards buying two drilling wells in Kenya as well as helping to provide access to water and provide locals with the tools to retrieve and store water.

The video below produced by water:charity shows just how harsh the conditions some Kenyans experience on a daily basis just to secure clean water.

Doge4Water is just the latest fundraising effort by the dogecoin community, which has already helped theJamaican bobsled team and a trio of Indian athletes travel to last month's Sochi Winter Olympics.

Dogecoin is the meme-based cryptocurrency which started out life as somewhat of a joke but thanks to the vibrant and active community which has built up around it, has carved out a niche for itself within the growing cryptocurrency world.

In an interview with IBTimes UK in January, founders Jackson Palmer and Billy Markus said they weren't interested in making millions from their creation, but wanted it to become the "currency of the internet", perfect for making micro-transactions and tipping people online.