For every six people in the world, there is one who does not get enough to eat on a daily basis. More than half of the hungry are women and children. The situation is so dire that The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates one child dies every six seconds from hunger and related causes. This means that dozens of children will have died in the time that it takes you to read this article.
Read more hunger stats on the World Food Program website.
You can help change these horrible statistics by visiting FreeRice, a United Nations World Food Program website that is working to provide free education and end world hunger at the same time.
When you visit FreeRice, an English vocabulary question is displayed on the home page. If you answer the question correctly, the UN World Food Program will donate ten grains of rice to hungry people. If you answer incorrectly, no donation will be made but the correct answer will be displayed on the screen.
You can answer as many questions as you want. With each correct (or incorrect) answer, the difficultly level of the questions is adjusted accordingly so that you do not get bored. And with each correct answer, another ten grains of rice will be donated.
If you would rather study something besides vocabulary, you can change the subject to view different questions. The subjects that can be studied on FreeRice include the following:
- Famous Paintings
- Chemical Symbols
- English Grammar
- World Geography
- World Capitals
- French Language
- German Language
- Italian Language
- Spanish Language
- Basic Math
If you don't see a subject on the above list that interests you, check the site at a later date. FreeRice is constantly working to add more subjects and more content to each subject.
Ten grains of rice per correct answer may seem like a small amount, but all of those grains can add up. FreeRice has donated more than 75 billion grains of rice--enough to feed millions of hungry people--since its launch in October of 2007.
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Sponsor banners appear on the bottom of visitors' screens when they play the FreeRice game. The money generated by these banners is what pays for the rice donations. FreeRice itself is a non-profit website and does not make any money from visitors and sponsors--100% of profits are donated to the UN World Food Program.
If geography is your thing, you may also want to check out FreePoverty.com. This site donates water to those in need. The cause is important because many people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water.
FreePoverty.com donates 10 cups of water every time a site visitor can accurately locate a city or geographical area on a world map. If the visitor can come close to being accurate, nine cups of water will be donated. A completely wrong answer will result in no donation.
FreePoverty.com has donated nearly 200,000 cups of fresh drinking water to date. The site does not limit how many questions visitors can answer, which means there is no limit to the number of cups of water people can have donated on their behalf in a single day.