How to Help End World Hunger From Your Living Room.





Introduction: How to Help End World Hunger From Your Living Room.

How many times have you eaten your lunch or dinner and thought, boy, this is amazing? How many times have you skipped lunch and thought by dinner time, gosh, I am starving? How many times have you considered how not having enough food for a full meal each day would make you feel?

This is hunger. It happens all over the world, but mostly in the places most hit by poverty. Countries in Africa, Asia and Southern America where many people cannot afford housing, and set up shelters made from corrugated iron, only to find that the next day it has been demolished by another family, or even a business tycoon clearing more land. These people who are hit most by poverty usually can do very little about it, once you fall into poverty; there is a slim chance of getting out of it.

Poverty is one of the world's worst vicious circles- you do not have enough money to afford shelter or food what do you do? You work for the money. But what if there are no jobs you can do to earn money? What if you are a child unable to work? Who do you turn to then for the food that is one of lifes most basic requirements? You become ill, destroying all chances of work, destroying all chances of earning money, thus falling further into poverty.

Richer countries and companies have for years tried to find ways to combat this. Charities like Oxfam and Children in Need are set up in order to attempt to help out those who need help the most.

How many times have you wished there was something YOU could do to stop this?

Well now you can, in this instructable I will show you just how to do this.

Step 1: First Step

First of all, open up your internet browser, and type into the URL bar at the top:


Step 2: Step Two: Play the Game

How to play the game:

1) Click on the answer that best defines the word.
2) If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.
3) For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance etc...

Step 3: Step 3: Donate the Rice

Now, you are playing the game, it is time for the rice to be donated. Don't worry, its simple. As stated before, for every correct answer you get, 10 grains of rice are earned, and the money is payed for by the sponsors at the bottom of your screen. The rice is then distributed by United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

"The rice is distributed by the United Nations World Food Program (WFP). The World Food Program is the worlds largest food aid agency, working with over 1,000 other organizations in over 75 countries. In addition to providing food, the World Food Program helps hungry people to become self-reliant so that they escape hunger for good. Wherever possible, the World Food Program buys food locally to support local farmers and the local economy. We encourage you to visit the United Nations World Food Program to learn more about their successful approach to ending hunger."

Step 4: Step 4: the Benefits for You

How does playing the vocabulary game at FreeRice help you?

Learning new vocabulary has tremendous benefits. It can help you:

Formulate your ideas better
Write better papers, emails and business letters
Speak more precisely and persuasively
Comprehend more of what you read
Read faster because you comprehend better
Get better grades in high school, college and graduate school
Score higher on tests like the SAT, GRE, LSAT and GMAT
Perform better at job interviews and conferences
Sell yourself, your services, and your products better
Be more effective and successful at your job
After you have done FreeRice for a couple of days, you may notice an odd phenomenon. Words that you have never consciously used before will begin to pop into your head while you are speaking or writing. You will feel yourself using and knowing more words.

These are just a few of the benefits. To see the full list, and other interesting facts about go to:


Step 5: Step 6: Who Pays?

Who pays for the donated rice?

The rice is paid for by the advertisers whose names you see on the bottom of your vocabulary screen. This is regular advertising for these companies, but it is also something more. Through their advertising at FreeRice, these companies support both learning (free vocabulary for everyone) and reducing hunger (free rice for the hungry). We commend these companies for their participation at FreeRice.

Step 6: Why I Made This Instructable

I made this Instructable because I am passionate about ending world poverty, more importantly I believe that all children should be born with a chance to survive, and succeed in life. After viewing statistics of how many children in these poverty stricken countries die before their first birthday, I decided that I wanted to do something about it. Research lead me to stumble upon FreeRice, and since then I have been playing, telling my friends and colleagues about the game, and spreading as much publication as I can about it. In schools, if 2 minutes of a ICT lesson was spent playing this game, in an average class of 32, just completing one level each would donate 320 grains of rice. Just the first round. Imagine the possibilities if every single person who had access to a computer and the internet surpassed the first level. I wish this were possible, and that is why I created this Instructable.

Now stop reading, comment if you wish, and play the game. Make a difference.

This was my first Instructable, thank you for any constructive criticism you may have, but more importantly, thanks for reading.



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    Would it be illegal/unethical to record the words used, and make a macro/bot for this site?

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    Taken verbatim from the FreeRice FAQ:
    Couldn’t I just write a computer program to play all day and give a lot of rice that way?

    There are two problems with this. First, it overloads our servers so that real people can’t play and learn vocabulary. Second, without real people playing and the resulting company sponsorship, no money would be generated and we could not give any rice at all.

    But if we don't look at the ads, money isn't made anyways.

    No don't do that. That would just ruin it. The idea is to get us all to ban together to help solve world hunger.

    i say
    if you make one
    comment me =p
    i know a lot of people
    with a lot of 24/7 comps and servers
    and spare RAM that can be taken up by a small program

    Contact the 64 richest countries on the planet and buy a standard sized chess board from the £ or $ shop. Ask the country at the foot of the list to donate 1 single grain of rice and place it on the left hand bottom square. The next country on the list doubles this and places the grains on the next square - and so on. Divide the huge pile of rice to everyone who needs it. I don't have to go through the calculations but you've now got yourselves one serious pile of food - Work it out you'll be amazed. Before anyone comments - The rice won't fit on a standard chess board past about the 8th square!

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    264 grains = 18,446,744,073,709,551,616 (what is that even called?? Eighteen pentillion?)
    that works out to 549,568,886,876 US tons.
    Sushi, anyone?

    (My initial response, at 1 in the morning, was "Approximately one elephant buttload.")

    On seeing this Instructable, I was hoping for a more direct method of ending world hunger. I was reminded of the days when I'd refuse the vegetables my mom cooked for me, and she'd say something about kids in Africa starving. Smart-aleck me, I would respond with "So give them these vegetables and everyone will be happy."
    But then, why not? Get involved in an organization that directly ships food to countries in the most need. Be the person who grabs that bag of rice from the shipping container and hands it to the citizen you're helping.

    thats awesome, benefits to everyone! now, in school, my teachers noticed stronger vocab, better math, better geography, science too! almost all major subjects are there! every day i donate at least 100 grains of rice per day! I fel great helping the poor!

    there will always be world hunger. get over it. All the politics and international relations and isolation of wealthy areas are very complex, and I have sat here for 10 minutes attempting to explain it succienctly, but let it be said so: as long as there is a man pampered in a fancy skyscraper spending hundreds of millions on things he doesn't need, there shall be thousands of improverished people working for almost nothing. And there will always be multi-millionares. There always have been. They were emperors, kings, prime ministers, popes, princes, and now they are presidents, CEO's stock market traders, etc. note: I do not mean to offend.

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    you're not being offensive, you're being honest, but you can play the game, remember what it was like when you were 6 and playing games, the world didn't seem so big and black and awful.

    Compare: There will always be smallpox. get over it.

    Aha yes, but thered is a cure for smallpox. So thus you are congratulating the cause.

    That's my point, I do believe that famine can be prevented. I might equally have said Compare: The world will always be flat, get over it. But I don't believe reactive action such as buying grains of rice after famine already is happening will be key in preventing it. That said, I don't think it will hurt either, so yeah, count me in. (Though to be precise Smallpox is eradicated, not cured. Some types of smallpox were nearly invariably 100% fatal according to Larry Brilliant on that TED prize video, but this is getting off the point.)

    Oh ok, sorry for my misinterpretation. You have a point about prevention, but as mentioned by bowakowa, we may one day use technologies which may wipe out famine and poverty all together.

    I would like to brighten your day by disagreeing with you. I believe technologies exist that the populace can implement on their own to begin to make a change in food production for themselves. A byproduct of this will be noone working to continue to fill the pockets of kings, ceos, stock market traders, etc. We will all work for ourselves in the future, imho. A direct meritocracy, if you will. Huzzah!

    Your comments are true, rikkdbomb, however that does not mean that the average man cannot try and help aid the impoverished.

    Just because it's "inevitable" doesn't mean you can't take the time and do a bit of help.. It may always be there, but that doesn't mean we can't alleviate it some.

    Thanks for your comments, iraqniphobia :)

    But this will help at least some people get off their feet, with little effort from many. The saying goes- many hands make light work.