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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Free Rice for the UN World Food Program

Are you ever bored or have a few minutes you need to waste? Well, here's a suggestion. Expand your vocabulary while donating rice to the U.N.'s World Food Program. Here's how it works: Go to the FreeRice website. The site shows you a word and four definitions; you guess which is correct. For each word you get right, FreeRice gives 20 grains fo rice to the U.N. World Food Program. FreeRice began on October 7, 2007 and has donated 47,005,164,030 grains of rice, so far.

You may ask, "If FreeRice has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?" FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, sponsor banners appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these banners is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. According to the United Nations, about 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. Though 20 grains of rice may seem like a small amount, it is important to remember that while you are playing, so are thousands of other people at the same time. It is everyone together that makes the difference. Thanks to you, FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed more than two million people since it started in October 2007.

Not interested in expanding your vocabulary? Click on the Subjects link near the top right of the page to see a list of all subjects available at FreeRice. There is math, science, geography, art history, other languages and more. FreeRice is working to add more subjects and more material within each subject. Our goal is to provide knowledge that is useful and interesting for you.

Homeschooling moms? Get your kids learning a fun way AND donating. You'll teach mutliple lessons at the same time.


1 comment:

bluesky said...

Another great charity site is AIDtoCHILDREN.com. It donates money to children in need through World Vision.

Check it out at http://www.aidtochildren.com