Friday, July 22, 2011

Knowledge + Games = Free Rice for Hungry People

I was just browsing some Squidoo lenses and came across this awesome website from a lens called 50 Things You can Do to Improve the World. #10 on this list named a website called This site allows you to play some fun educational games while earning rice for hungry people. I decided to give it a try by playing the English vocabulary game.

I was able to donate 1,000 grains of rice to this great cause! I wondered how much 1,000 grains of rice was, so I looked up the FAQ and found this:

"In countries where rice is a staple part of the diet, World Food Programme provides, on average about 400 grams of rice per person, per day (for families, including children and adults). That is intended for two meals that include other ingredients to ensure a minimum of 2,100 kilocalories per day. There are about 48 grains of rice in a gram."

1,000 grains divided by 48 grains = 20 grams of rice. Not quite enough to feed a person, but I intend to play the game as often as I can. I created an account on the site so that I can keep track of how many grains I donate. The top player/donater on the site at the time of this post is tommajlo with a whopping 6,509,160! That's 135,607 grams of rice, or 339 people who have been fed.

It's a great game for the family and I encourage everyone who sees this to join in. To get started just choose your favorite subject and start playing! If you want to keep track of how much rice I generate, you can follow me here. I think I'll be building a Squidoo lens shortly to track my monthly progress. :)

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