FreeRice.com

FreeRice.comFreerice.com is a website that strives to solve world hunger (or at least, as much of it as it can) by utilizing your vocabulary skills. All you have to do is select the correct definition of a word; the more you answer, the more grains of rice that get donated through the United Nations.

A simple concept that improves your english, feeds the poor and kills boredom all at once! Give it a try. :)

23 thoughts on “FreeRice.com

  1. The coolest is when you have the Answers.com Firefox plug-in installed which lets you ctrl+click on any word to pop up the definition.

    CHEAT TO FEED THE POOR! :D

  2. Why can’t they just feed them without making people jump through hoops?

    Seems kind of perverted.

    “You lost! 1 African kid just died because of you! AAHAHAHAHAAH!”

  3. Thanks for the heads up on this one – I didn’t know about it yet.

    And for the ones that don’t believe it works, check out their FAQ.
    This is from there:

    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.

  4. 3baid: It’s an excellent idea really. Ofcourse my first doubt was, what if it’s fake. But people say it’s been featured on BBC and other news. However still I can’t understand one thing. They are getting paid by advertisers for viewing ads, and they are feeding hunger based on correct answers, so the average must be really close to each other or else there will be excess money.

    Anyways, I think this is a good thing every morning to do :)

  5. This is so simple and yet a wonderful lesson for everyone. I work at an elementary school and I hope we can begin a program to study vocab and help the hungry. Such a great way to introduce young children to be aware of others in need. It adds up. If the creator is making money, good, I’m sure he donates a great deal of it to these same charities. Try it! It’s fun and educational! Tell everyone you know!

  6. Hey,

    Avanoo is a startup that is trying to help make the world better by letting people use a new support channel- web presence. Web users can go to Avanoo.com get a badge for a cause and start raising awareness and donations 24/7 effortlessly. And each time one of these badge is clicked, a donation is made to the nonprofit organization on the badge. If you could put a badge on you blog or write about this growing movement, you would be helping to make the world a better place!

    Thanks,

    Rajesh

  7. I’m recommending this to our teachers to use with students who finish their work early. Talk about Win-Win. The students improve their vocabularies and score higher on tests, and food is earned for hungry people.

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