A long, long, time ago, I came across a website. Okay, fine, I come across websites all of the time, but this one is different.
It’s called FreeRice. What it is is a Flash-based (I think) game that gives you a vocabulary word – Puzzlement, for example – then list four possible answers – assistance, foe, perplexity, and exactness – and you pick the correct answer. (By the way, the answer is perplexity).
Okay, it’s a simple vocab game, what’s so special about that? Here’s the deal. The site works with the UN World Food Program, and every time you answer a question correctly, the site donates (via its sponsors) 20 grains of rice to third-world nations in an effort to end starvation. It’s not much, I know, but the site is really challenging and can be quite addictive, so you can wind up donating thousands of grains to the starving.
English Vocab isn’t the only subject available either. There’s also Math, Chemistry, Grammer, Art, and multiple foreign languages, too.
I’m under no illusions about this site. I know it’s not one of those be-all-end-all will-end-world-hunger things, but it’s something.
You can check out the site here, or else click the link in the sidebar.