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darkness_123

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 1:53pm | IP Logged

Now, I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'm a vocabulary geek. I love words. I love reading them, writing them and learning them. I've even been called "a walking talking dictionary" a few times... Hehe, it's a funny story... What happened was, one day, I.....

Errr.... Slightly off topic. Embarrassed Let's get baaack to the subject, which is sliiightly more serious.

According to the United Nations, 25,000 people die EVERYDAY, of hunger or other hunger related causes. 25,000. 25,000 is no small number. Unfortunately, it is children who die most often.


Yet there is plenty of food in the world for everyone. The problem is that hungry people are trapped in severe poverty. They lack the money to buy enough food to nourish themselves. Being constantly malnourished, they become weaker and often sick. This makes them increasingly less able to work, which then makes them even poorer and hungrier. This downward spiral often continues until death for them and their families.

What can be done to help these people?? How can we help?

We hear about world hunger and poverty everyday, experience it everyday, and we wish we could help, but often are unable to do anything. Perhaps, like me, you live somewhere where you don't get a lot of opportunities to help people out. Or again, like me, you don't have the millions Bill Gates has at his disposal. Or maybe you just don't have the time. So how can we help a cause, despite all these constraints???

Freerice.com is a charity website, where you play a game to help feed those suffering from hunger all over the world. You don't have to pay, you don't have to do anything tedious. You play a game, and you could be saving a person's life.



What is freerice.com?
Freerice.com began on October 7, 2007. It was created by John Breen, a computer programmer from Indiana who also created thehungersite.com, therainforestsite.com and Poverty.com. Breen invented the site, and typed in all 10,000 definitions, after observing his son study for the SAT.

The site is associated with the UN World Food Program.  An average of 90 million people in more than 80 countries survive on WFP food each year. In exchange for advertisements on the website, various sponsors donate the money necessary to pay for the rice and other costs to run FreeRice. To date, the site's creator has given over $100,000 to the WFP.

One month after the inception of the site, users had earned enough points for one billion grains of rice. The United Nation's World Food Programme stated that this amount could feed 50,000 people for one day.Thus, approximately 20,000 grains of rice provide enough caloric intake to sustain an adult for one day. Using this calculation, enough rice is donated to feed 7,019.15 people daily per the totals for December 28, 2007.


(With continued sponsor support, FreeRice doubled the number of grains donated for each correct definition from 10 to 20, in November 2007. )


Milestones achieved by the site:

    October 7, 2007 - FreeRice launches with 830 grains of rice donated on its first day
    November 10, 2007 - FreeRice breaks the one-day 100,000,000-grain milestone with 122,377,240 donated grains
    December 17, 2007 - FreeRice breaks the one-day 300,000,000 grain milestone with 358,559,540 donated grains
    December 19, 2007 - 10,000,000,000 grains donated in total
  • As of January 21, 2008 - 15,295,699,110 grains have been donated in total

The Game

You are given a word with four different options. For every word that you choose the definition correctly, 20 grains of rice are donated. It starts by giving you words at different levels of difficulty and then, based on how you do, assigns you an approximate starting level. You then determine a more exact level for yourself as you play. When you get a word wrong, you go to an easier level. When you get three words in a row right, you go to a harder level.



20 grains may not seem like much, but just think of it, just clicking on 5 words correctly gets you a 100 grains. Now if each one of us IF members alone play this game for just 5 words, imagine how much we are enabling these people to donate? Imagine how many lives we're helping save?

For further information: Visit the following links:

Now, this is like my dream come true... I get to learn new words,(HEY!!!!!!!!!! WHO ARE YOU CALLLING "GEEK"?????Geek) AND I get to help a cause I feel strongly about!!!!!!!!! Clap
And, in my opinion, this is a cause every one of use should feel strongly about. So spread the word! Every other person you tell about this, joins this fight against world hunger. Together, by spending a few minutes of our days, we can help save thousands of lives. 


Errrr.... Are you still reading this thread? Why aren't you on that site, playing yet? I'm done with my lecture here! Now scooot!!!! And don't forget to come back here and tell us how many grains you donated!

Love,
Nimmi Tongue

PS - You can cheat a little and use dictionary.com to get the answers! Wink But this time, instead of getting sent to the principal's office or punished, you save a life!!!! Smile Cheating's never been this good for the soul, yo!!!! Cool


 



Edited by darkness_123 - 22 January 2008 at 1:54pm

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 2:00pm | IP Logged

Great post Nimmi! I started doing this yesterday thanks to Nimmi and it's really a great site. Not only are you learning something new you're also helping out the thousands of people who are dying everyday. With a click of your mouse you're helping feed a child/mother/father. It's a great cause and a great way to help out those in need.

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 3:19pm | IP Logged
LOVELY post Nimm!! I LOVE this site. I was losing my self-esteem. LMAO..I thought I was getting stupid..and then you showed me this site, I played it..and i LOVED it!! It made me feel soo much smarter!

It boosted my self-esteem AND i was doing something good for other people. Big smile

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 4:02pm | IP Logged

OMG nimmi wonderful postClap Imma in with all my head and toesBig smile I am more than glad to be of some service and get all those sins of mine washedEmbarrassed even though I am pretty sure they ain't that easy to be washed but heyyyyy atleast I will be helping someone and that the best thing I can EVER do in my lifeSmile and tons of hugs to you for introducing thisHug

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 4:26pm | IP Logged
Awesome post Nimmi! Played the game and donated 1200grains for now.. will def be back to play! Its a great feeling to know how many lives ur saving while ur testing ur own vocab skills! Embarrassed

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 4:28pm | IP Logged

great post.i don't think there could be an easier way to HELP for a genuine cause!!the best award we will probably get is the blessings of those poor people.thank you for leading us to this noble deed. Clap Clap Clap

hey i have been on the site for 5 minutes and donated 200 grains till now.the words are so tough.I am cheating and cheating and cheating.google zindabad.LOL



Edited by minimouse2007 - 22 January 2008 at 4:39pm

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 4:32pm | IP Logged
Fab post Nimmi. It's so nice some people actually are doing stuff for kids like this. I loved the site! Embarrassed Big smile Clap

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Posted: 22 January 2008 at 5:20pm | IP Logged
Thanks for the awesome site. Clap Clap Imma gonna do it everyday! Smile I just gave em 800grains of rice today! Smile

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