Sunday, November 18, 2007

Give Words for Rice at

I saw this on the local news the other day and thought what a great way of putting technology and people together for an extremely beneficial cause. has two goals...

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

This is how they go about it... has recreated an interactive vocabulary quiz which shows a word and four possible answers. You clck on an answer and if you're right, the rice bowl on screen fills with rice - for each right answer 10 grams of rice are donated on your behalf through the United Nations to help end world hunger. If you choose a wrong answer, the right answer appears. So you win both ways - by donating and by learning.

The rice is paid for >" the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). We commend these companies for their participation at FreeRice."

I just spent the last few minutes at and donated 1020 grams of rice. Would have been more but some of the words stumped me. But not to worry, I plan on going back again and again to help donate rice and prehaps also improve my vocabulary... has been online since 7 October 2007. The first day only 830 grams of rice were donated. Five days later, the daily rice donation as over 4 million. Yesterday's donation was just shy of 200 million. And the grand total so far... 2,296,622,790 and growing.

Please make an effort to stop by and play for rice...I warn you, it will be addictive.

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