Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Play to Stop World Hunger

Lately whenever I get bored of doing dishes and need to take a 10 minute breather, I head on over to Free Rice, the online game that donates rice through the World Food Programme to help stop world hunger. The basic game is a vocabulary quiz, and the scoring is easy. For every right answer, 10 grains of rice is donated and you automatically go to a harder level. For every wrong answer, you are given a slightly easier question, making this game perfect for anyone.

So my point is, a few minutes to yourself, a donation to stop world hunger, and a smarter and intelligent you? Now that is a quality game. Stop playing Farmville & Mafia Wars for a few minutes and help make a difference. If you tire of the vocabulary quiz, try your skills in one of their other subject areas, including math, Spanish, chemical symbols and world capitols.

Help end world hunger


From their website:

About FreeRice



FreeRice is a non-profit website run by the United Nations World Food Program. Our partner is the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

FreeRice has two goals:
1.Provide education to everyone for free.
2.Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.


This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.


Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your education can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.


Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.
One of my goals for my Day Zero Project is to donate 100,000 grains of rice at Free Rice. According to the Producer's Rice Mill, there are about 29,000 grains of rice in a pound, so 100,000 grains of rice is about 3.4 pounds of rice. That's not a lot, but it is a help. Think of the difference we could make if everyone played for a few minutes each day instead of watching television, or reading the latest celebrity gossip. Right now I'm at 4,000 grains donated.

BBC posted an article today about how Free Rice is now getting a social boost from Facebook & Twitter. Click here to read the article.

Here's some of the buzz about Free Rice:

“What if just knowing what a word meant could help feed hungry people around the world? Well, at FreeRice it does . . . the totals have grown exponentially.”  - Washington Post

“Freerice.com is an international, viral sensation. Folks from Thailand to Germany and India are just as enthusiastic . . . improving thousands of lives, all with a simple, collective, click of a mouse.”- CBS Evening News

“Feeling guilty about wasting time on computer solitaire? Join the growing guilt-free multitude at FreeRice.com, an online game with redeeming social value.”- USA Today


“The Web site offers a greater gift, the gift of awareness about world hunger.”- NPR National Public Radio
The best part is (in my opinion), you don't have to sign up for anything or see any ridiculous pop-up ads. Just play the game, no strings attached, for a better world!

Help end world hunger

1 comment: