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Play to Feed the Hungry: FreeRice

FreeRice, a website created by John Breen, uses an Internet-based vocabulary game to generate donation for the U.N. World Food Programme to feed the hungry. On the first day, the website only collected 830 grains of rice, but now the total excesses one billion grains of rice, which can feed more than 50,000 people a day. I think in one more week, the total should reach two billion grains of rice, which can feed 100,000 people a day.  That is many tons of food/rice.

The game itself is quite "simple", but by no mean it is an easy game. That is, for each word you get right, they will donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger. According the UN each day, yes each day, about 25,000 people die due to hunger related reason/illness. I think it is the least that we can do to help.

In the past two days, I have played the game and reached 10,000 grains of rice. I know maybe I was a bit nuts, but I did reach 10,000 grains, and I realized how poor my vocabulary was and how much I needed to build up my vocabulary. In fact, I have learned much vocabulary by playing the game. There are 50 levels in total, and my level is generally, sadly in the 10s. I know you may laugh all you want, but the first step to learn is to realize the need, so I am learning and building my vocabulary. I think if you played the game, you would benefit from the game too.

For More Information: the UN World Food Programme; FreeRice FAQ

4 responses to “Play to Feed the Hungry: FreeRice

  1. 有容乃大 November 24, 2007 at 05:57

    wow.. it’s a game…
    I might try to play it…

  2. KKai November 23, 2007 at 23:58

    幸福聆聽:No, it is different.

  3. Chelin November 21, 2007 at 07:26


  4. Michelle November 17, 2007 at 04:34

    Cool! i did played it for a while before I got back to my painting. It’s a cool way to help. I’m going to play it again soon!

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