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 www.FreeRice.com 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.