Monday, November 26, 2007
Absolutely Brilliant : Learn and feed the poor simultaneously
I just stumbled on a fantastic site called Freerice (www.freerice.com) in which you try to guess the meaning of different words. For each word you get right, a donation of 10 grains of rice is given to the United Nations World Food Program.
This allows you to improve your vocabulary and give to the poor at the same time. The neat thing about it is that it figures out your level of vocabulary and works with you (it can even remember your last level). There is a maximum level of 50 (my best for the few times I played was 40 - beat it and brag to me about it!).
10 grains of rice is not a lot by itself, but it adds up pretty quickly. On November 25th (the site has been up only since October), 140,583,040 grains of rice were donated. If we assume that a kilogram of rice is 43,000 grains of rice (from Solving Math Problems Kids Care About), then 3,250 kilos of rice were donated. This is the equivalent of (+-) 65 polypropylene bags of 50 kilograms each. Given than a 20 foot container could have between 18 to 23 Metric Tonnes of rice then yesterday's players donated approximately 15% of a container... In other words, within a week, a full container could be loaded and shipped to feed the needy.
This is just incredible and shows the power of numbers especially when put to the common good.
To reap the full benefit of the learning experience, visit the sites behind the site (such as poverty.com and the Unite Nation's World Food Programme)...
I'm going to head back right now to see if I could go higher than level 40 and give my first 1,000 rice grains to the poor...