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Help Poorer Countries Afford A Meal!


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#1 skyfuser

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 12:18 AM

These sites have been out there for a while already, so I thought I might tell about it here. I was quite surprised when I didn't find these with the search option
Freerice is a site that tests your vocabulary. For each word you get right it is recorded and 10 grains of rice are donated to poorer third world countries with inhabitants that can't afford food. 100 grains of rice are all you need to give a meal to a person. So not only do you help fight world hunger, you also learn new vocabulary!

TheHungerSite is even easier to donate food. All you have to do is click the shiny yellow button.

Since this place is for helping people with computer problems, I guess it couldn't hurt too much to help people from third world countries, right?

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Edit: Update: due to increasing popularity, Freerice now donates 20 grains of rice for each right vocabulary definition!

Edited by skyfuser, 10 January 2008 - 12:25 AM.

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Posted 10 January 2008 - 02:24 AM

A bit more about 'Free Rice' ... http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/15/...in3509838.shtml.

Thanks. skyfuser, had no idea this program even existed until you posted - happy smile!
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Posted 10 January 2008 - 06:08 PM

Yeah I have used free rice before. I have donated a total of about 10,000 grains of rice. I think that this game should be introduced more and maybe even theys should use TV ads to promote it.

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Posted 11 January 2008 - 11:47 PM

I live in Bloomington, and I went to the I.U. Ed. school. Now why in the world didn't I hear about freerice until now?
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I just donated 1,000 grains of rice. Thanks for posting the information about these sites.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 12:48 AM

Free rice is quite recent about 4 months ago.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 02:02 AM

I always check these kinds of claims out closely.

Although the program is overseen by a subsidiary of the United Nations (which does not have a good record),
it appears thus far to be accomplishing some of the goals it has set out.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/charity/freerice.asp
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Posted 12 January 2008 - 05:49 PM

I have noticed that it has gone up from 10 grains of rice to 20 now, which is better.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 07:39 PM

I just found an hour-long interview with the person who started freerice which was broadcast on WFIU on Jan. 4, 2008.

To hear it, click on John Breen on the following website: http://wfiu.org/noon.htm

His original computer site, TheHungersite, which donated to third world countries was started, or at least thought out, in 1999. He is no longer affiliated with that site.

The Free Rice site started in October of last year, which is why I didn't hear of it at the Ed. School. I had already graduated.

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Edited by Orange Blossom, 12 January 2008 - 07:42 PM.

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:11 AM

Thanks for donating :thumbsup: I had no idea how unknown the site was.
If you can, please tell everyone to go there and help!
Cheers
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