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Improve your Vocabulary and Donate Free Rice

Freerice.orgThis is a nice way to give charity while improving your vocabulary, and not actually giving any money from your side. Doesn't sound real, does it?

Well, the evidence seems to lead to its truthfulness. FreeRice.org is a non-profit organization which has two goals:
  1. Provide education to everyone for free.
  2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
Here is how it works:
You visit the website. On the front page you see a question and four answers with one being the correct one. At the bottom of the page there are ads from sponsors. The sponsors' ads get spread and they benefit from that, thus they pay FreeRice.org. If you click on the correct answer, 10 grains of rice are added to the database. FreeRice.org buys rice with the money it gets from the sponsors and donates this rice to hungry people through the UN World Food Program in certain countries of the world (see the faq page).

To further check the reality of the deal, as the website claims partnership with the UN World Food Program, you can visit the UN World Food Program website and search for "free rice" and you will see that they actually are known and admitted by them. It was also chosen as Yahoo!'s charity find of the year 2007.

The educative side of the program is vocabulary and some other topics. By default, the subject is English vocabulary but you have a wide range of subjects to choose from, including art, chemistry, English, geography, language learning (French, German, Italian, and Spanish), and math. You also have the option to save your total donation so that you don't start over from zero when you visit the website again but you start from the amount that you left.

You get one answer right, and you donate 10 grains of rice. You get 10 answers right, and that is about a dish of rice. I try not to waste time and games are generally a waste of time, but this really is not a game in its technical sense but, as the Kurdish proverb goes, "you hit two sparrows with one stone"; you improve your vocabulary and you contribute to the donation of free rice.

You can visit the website here:

www.FreeRice.org


I have found a number of other possible similar websites but I haven't reviewed them yet. One of them, FreePoverty.com, is almost similar to FreeRice.org only that it is focusing on geography in its subject and its focusing on providing free drinking water. The website is well-designed but according to the faq page they are looking for a non-profit organization to collaborate with them because something happened with the previous organization that donated the water on their behalf.