Monday, July 14, 2008

Day 84 of our Green Year: Free Rice

Rice is a staple of billions of people all over the world, and with rising costs in food, there has been a rising cost in rice.
Those people who rely on rice everyday for their diet, need to get rice, but as a Canadian, thousands of miles away, how can Layla and I help?
Thankfully, there is a site called that will help us.

Through, all you have to do is keep taking a vocabulary quiz. For every word you guess correctly, they will buy 20 grains of rice. You may think that is not much, but in just five minutes of doing the quiz, I had raised 720 grains of rice to be bought for those who cannot afford it by the site's sponsors. That amounts to about four bowls. Now, when you factor in all the other people using this site, you have a lot of rice. In fact, as of right now, the site has bought 38,979,346,150 grains of rice. If the average bowl of rice has 100 grains in it, that means the site has donated 389,793,462 bowls of rice. If someone eats three bowls a day, that is enough to feed one person for 129,931,153 days, or 35,000 years, give or take a decade. That is a lot of rice and that has all been raised since October of 2007. It is pretty amazing, and all it takes is you going there and spending five minutes to do a vocabulary quiz. You play the game and raise the rice, sponsors buy the rice and those who need the rice get it.

So far, the rice has fed 27,000 refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh for two weeks. In Cambodia, it provided enough take-home rations to last 13,500 pregnant women two months. In Uganda, it fed 66,000 school children for a week. In Nepal, it fed over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees for three days. in Bhutan, it fed 41,000 children for three days and in Myanmar, it fed 750,000 people for three days after the killer cyclone.

So, for our 84th day we will start taking five minutes every now and then to raise rice for those who need it.