Friday, November 30, 2007

What is 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."
--The Washington Post

FreeRice has two goals:

  1. Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on their site.

For each word you get right (in their free rice game) they donate 20 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger. 20 grains does not sound like much? Well, check out the "Totals" tab at their website! There are approximately 29,000 grains of long-grain white rice in a pound. (& take a look at my calculations at the bottom)

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. Spending a little time on the FreeRice Game 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 could be eating rice that you could help provide.

The founders intended to start a charity, but the process was so long and cumbersome, they became a for-profit company, and just donate all the profits they make! (learned that tid bit from Simcha over at I Have to Sit Down)

Some of my kids and I played today!!
Soutenus (yours truly) got 2040 grains of rice.
Marker got 1000
GoGo and Pabz worked together to get 1000

My calculations:

4, 933, 763, 490 (grains of rice since 10-7-07) divided by 29, 000 = 170, 129.776 (pounds of rice donated so far)

Can you say "Wow!?" See, if we work together to take this thing to the tipping point we could get some people fed!
FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site


Soutenus said...

Today our 4th graders played for about 20 minutes and got 47K grains of rice total!!
29K is a pound.
It is a good game AND a good cause.

Soutenus said...

Today my 3rd grade boys played for 15 minutes and got 18K grains of rice total.

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