Thursdays in Black: Learn as You Combat Hunger and Poverty

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**NEW! Thursdays in Black has been changed to a weekly feature instead of fortnightly. Watch this space!**

Why Wear Black?

It’s perfectly simple: for one day a week, wear black to show your support for survivors of discrimination and violence, and to work together for a world without brutality. In addition, I have decided to add a weekly feature to this blog, in which I will feature a specific Human Rights-related link, article, blog post or other media item and discussion, encouraging others to get involved. Read my first post here.

Link of the Day:

FreeRice.com

Why I Chose this Link:

If you haven’t heard of FreeRice.com already, you should have! It’s a fun website run by the UN World Food programme. It’s really quite a simple concept, which is what makes it so brilliant: you play the language game (or another subject – your choice) and for every question you answer correctly, they donate 10 grains of rice to a needy family.

10 grains of rice doesn’t seem like much, but it’s important to remember that at any given time, there are a number of individuals playing at the same time as you. As the website states: “It’s everyone together that makes the difference.”

You can choose from famous paintings, maths, chemistry, English, geography or one of four languages to answer questions about. You can also compete with a friend to see who can get to the highest level and/or donate the most rice – all you need is two internet-capable computers. There are plenty of ways you can use it to enhance your knowledge, while at the same time contributing much-needed food to those who can most use it.

FreeRice is a website committed to the cause of ending hunger around the world. It is run entirely for free and at no profit. All money (100%) raised by the site goes to the UN World Food Programme to help feed the hungry. […]

The UN World Food Programme works around the globe and FreeRice donations are made with no restrictions. This freedom of use allows them to apply the donations to countries that need it most, often those that don’t make the headlines in the news, yet where chronic hunger continues unchecked.

Often World Food Programme is able to purchase the rice in the very countries where the beneficiaries are located, cutting down on the transport time to reach the hungry and helping to stimulate local economies at the same time.

Why not take a few minutes out of your day to enhance your skills and help others at the same time? Seems like a win-win situation to me!

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    • silverneurotic
    • June 3rd, 2010

    I love the Free Rice site. I haven’t been by in awhile (I tend to forget to bookmark it) but whenever I see someone mention it I stop by to play for awhile. I love the vocabulary quiz!

      • Black Sheep
      • June 4th, 2010

      Same here. I think it’s a perfect game for writers 😄

    • the daily sloth
    • June 4th, 2010

    This free rice is a great idea. This world needs both more solidarity and more vocabulary.

      • Black Sheep
      • June 4th, 2010

      Agreed 🙂

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