FreeRice - Feed the World Thru' Internet Word Game

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  1. TallyHo

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    FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site, Poverty.com. 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 this site. Website is as follows

    http://www.freerice.com/index.php


    Excerpts from the FAQs:


    Who pays for the donated rice?

    The rice is paid for by 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.

    If FreeRice has the rice to give, why not give it all away right now?

    FreeRice is NOT sitting on a pile of rice; YOU are earning it 10 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, advertisements appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these advertisements is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.

    Who distributes the donated rice?

    The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the world’s largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger.

    Will the rice I donate make a difference?

    The rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it. About 25,000 people die each day from hunger or hunger-related causes, most of them children. To a mother or father watching a loved child die in their arms from hunger, the rice you donate is more precious than anything in the world.

    What is being done to end world hunger?

    The United Nations estimates that the cost to end world hunger completely, along with diseases related to hunger and poverty, is about $195 billion a year.

    Twenty-two countries have joined together to raise this money by each contributing 0.7% (less than 1%) of National income. Some of the countries have already met this goal. Others are being a little slow, but this can be fixed. You can see how the countries are doing here http://www.poverty.com/internationalaid.html
    You can print a letter to support your country’s participation here http://www.poverty.com/printletter.html

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    So please take a moment to play the "internet word game (that) has generated enough rice to feed 50,000 people for one day." (BBC -UN's World Food Programme (WFP)). Tell your family and friends too.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Lucy

    Lucy Colonial Fleet Librarian Premium Member

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    Thanks for the link Tally. Educational fun for a very good cause. :)
     
  3. pretty_in_pink

    pretty_in_pink Lab Technician

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    Very cool. I didn't know I knew that many words. :) I got 1000 grains of rice. Hopefully that'll feed someone.
     
  4. wibble

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    Thanks for the link Tally :) I got to 2380 grains of rice just now.
     
  5. cathwillows

    cathwillows CSI Level Three

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    I got 2350 grains of rice. thanks for the link :)
     
  6. Jacquie

    Jacquie Ward Girl Moderator

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    Tally thanks for the link. I got 2000 grains of rice :)
     
  7. Pusher

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    Thanks for the link Tally. :)

    With my poor English for now I got 470 grains of rice, but still is little help. ;)
     
  8. TallyHo

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    Thanks so much, you lot. Y'all Rock like Gibraltar! It really is a fantastic way to help feed our World's hungry and o btw, get a decent vocabulary. Mind you, this game IS addictive much. Those are great "rice scores" too, everyone. :)


    pusher, please don't apologize. 470 grains is simply BRILLIANT! *huggles*
     
  9. Destiny

    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

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    When I have more time, I will go back to the site, for now I got 3100. I do agree it is addictive if it weren't for the fact that the dryer went off, I would have probably kept going. I saved the link in my favs. :)
     
  10. SwanSwan_H

    SwanSwan_H Police Officer

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    What a great idea! Thanks for letting us know about this Tally. :D
     
  11. Drumchik

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    This is awesome. I've only just started and I've donated 200 grains of rice.

    Thanks for sharing the link
     
  12. ThumpyG42

    ThumpyG42 ~Nocturnal Jenn~ Premium Member

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    Thanks for the link, Tally. :) I'm actually quite pleased by the amount of words that I know that I didn't realize I knew. And...the best part: it's all for a good cause.
     
  13. TallyHo

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    This is great! Thanks much for participating as well D, Drumchik, Thumpers & Swanny.

    Please keep on playing and spreading the link! :)
     
  14. Destiny

    Destiny Still Sanity Challenged! Premium Member

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    I have decided to email the link to alot of people who I know would love to do this. So they too can jump in and help out. ;) Thanks for the link Tally.
     
  15. Elsie

    Elsie Shopaholic

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    Great link Tally, it was quite fun to play along and learn new words, and find out that I knew words that I didn't know that I knew, if you know what I mean. :lol:

    I've also emailed the link to all of my colleagues, and some are participating as I write this. :)
     

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