The FREE RICE Program

“Web game provides rice for hungry … ” FreeRice went online in early October and has now raised 1 billion grains of rice. Go to the FREE RICE Homepage, click on the answer that best defines the (appearing) word. If you get it right, you get a harder word, If wrong, you get an easier word. For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

where the rice goes;
e-mail for advertising;
No direct and transparent contact-address or e-mail is given.

About FreeRice: FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site,**.

FreeRice has two goals:

  • Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free;
  • Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site. Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself. Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

** about About 25,000 people die every day of hunger or hunger-related causes, according to the United Nations. This is one person every three and a half seconds, as you can see on this display. 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.

There are effective programs to break this spiral. For adults, there are “food for work” programs where the adults are paid with food to build schools, dig wells, make roads, and so on. This both nourishes them and builds infrastructure to end the poverty. For children, there are “food for education” programs where the children are provided with food when they attend school. Their education will help them to escape from hunger and global poverty.

(Hunger and World Poverty Sources: United Nations World Food Program WFP, Oxfam, UNICEF).
Note: The world hunger map display above is representational only and does not show the names and faces of real people. The photographs are computer composites of multiple individuals

See specially on hunger deaths = name and photo of (often young) people having died from hunger.

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