Model and activist, Kiera Chaplin has joined forces with Somalian supermodel and founder of the Desert Flower Foundation, Waris Dirie by launching a line of NFTs to help raise money for children in Sierra Leone.
Chaplin is the granddaughter of the world-famous filmmaker Charlie Chaplin and is one the latest celebrities to join the NFT craze as part of her “CryptoChaplins” collection supporting underserved causes. Currently based in Geneva, Kiera has been focused on trying to make a positive impact on several causes that she feels passionate about. Her first line of NFT’s were launched in September and were available to purchase until the end of October via Epik in aid of 501©(3) nonprofit 9/11 Day, a charity created to encourage millions to remember and pay tribute every 9/11 through good deeds that help one another and rekindle the extraordinary spirit of togetherness and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy.
The next line of NFT’s called “SavvyKiera” will be available from November 22nd 2021 for auction until December 20th 2021 via Rarible. Proceeds of “Savvy Kiera” will go towards providing stationery and equipment for students at schools under the Desert Flower Foundation umbrella who range from age 4-14 as well as to support other educational activities of the foundation. One of the many sad facts facing underprivileged kids across Sierra Leone and neighboring areas is that without these schools they are simply sent out to take on manual labor with basic reading or writing skills.
There are 8 exclusive designs available to bid on, each one depicting a curious and knowledge hungry student taking classes such as chemistry, sports and math’s. Kiera has worked with the team at Digitfully to develop and produce impactful art which creates positive change. Digitfully is the brainchild behind F1 Grand Prix Live Painting NFTs, its board is made up of several influential figures including Maria Elena Rudolf, the VP of Art Stage Singapore and wife of Lorenzo Rudolf, former director of Art Basel.
With the explosive rise of NFTs among the crypto community and artists over the last few months, there has now emerged a more altruistic sub-section within the space. The charity sector is increasingly making its way into NFTs and is proving the technology has the capacity for raising money for charitable causes – having raised over $23 million in September 2021 alone. Chaplin has multiple additional drops to launch through the course of 2022, each one will empower consumers to do good through via charity sector of NFTs, the next generation of digital memorabilia.
Chaplin was born in Belfast, the eldest daughter of Eugene Chaplin and his wife, Bernadette. She grew up in the same town as her father, in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland, until her parents’ divorce in the mid-1990s. In 2018 Kiera Chaplin created the Chaplin Awards in Asia. It is an award that goes to an actor or filmmaker whose work embodies Charlie Chaplin’s qualities of realism, diversity, and courage within their craft. So far recipients have been Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Zhang Yimou.
In 2018 Kiera Chaplin along with Jazmin Grimaldi were among the first participants to take part on The Rally Aicha des Gazelles in Morocco in an electric car to promote sustainability and prove this is the way of the future. Kiera Chaplin also uses her popularity to campaign repeatedly for the rights of women and children. Since March 2019 she has been president of the Fondation Fleur du Désert in Paris, founded by human rights activist, model and bestselling author Waris Dirie. On 10 January 2020 Chaplin opened the first Kiera Chaplin Desert Flower School for 400 children in Sierra Leone, West Africa.