Sunday, December 23, 2007

Feed the World this Christmas


Everyone should go now to FreeRice.com, where you can play a fun game to test your vocabulary and donate rice to the World Food Program, which distributes rice worldwide to people in need. It is completely free to play, you don't have to enter any information about yourself whatsoever, you can play the game for as long as you want to and you can end any time. Every time you correctly identify the meaning of a word, 20 grains of rice are donated to the World Food Program, and that's really all there is to it. According to the FAQ on the FreeRice website, the money for the rice is raised from the advertising banner that you see on the bottom of the screen as you play the game. When more people visit the site and stay to play the game, more money comes in from the advertising.

As a bonus, the site keeps track of your vocabulary level and gives you words based on the level that you're at. Your vocabulary level can go up to 50. So far, my high score is 40. It's really, really worth checking out this site.

3 comments:

Melissa said...

A friend of mine brought up an interesting point about FreeRice.com. Although it is great that they are donating rice, the income they generate from the ad banners is orders of magnitude more than the cost of 20 grains of rice. So, it's a good cause, but a little scammy.

Leroux said...

This is true, but it's a common problem for all charities, isn't it? I know that some of the charity races like "race for the cure" don't actually generate money for cancer research, they are just raising breast cancer awareness. I think that whenever you give to any organization, some percentage of what you donate goes to advertising and people's salaries and office space and whatever else. It's a rather turbulent situation (that's a freerice vocabulary word!).

Jane said...

oops, that was actually me in that last post. :)