Brian Hennessey --big_brian_o -- said in his in his January 1st entry -- 'Most of all, I hope each of us can go into the New Year resolved to do one good thing for someone else every month of the year, and that this kindness spreads faster than flu.'
I want to acknowledge his hopes for us, so consider this my February offering. With any luck there will be ten more before 2009 is done. A quick disclaimer_I take things at face value. If you know anything - good or bad - about anything I promote here, please let me know.
January offering for The Children's High Level Group
February's offering is a two-parter:
actually more like three
1) About FreeRice (in their own words)
'FreeRice is a sister site of Poverty.com. Our partners are the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the United Nations World Food Program.
FreeRice has two goals:
- Provide education to everyone for free.
- Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.
This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.
Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.'
YEAR October 2007 (Founding) 12,255,121,230
YEAR 2008 43,942,622,700
JANUARY 2009 58,613,983,450
I keep their site up on my server all the time and throughout the day play for 100 grains. So far I've donated 4,400 for January and have learned several new words.
EDIT: Per a link provided to me by ashmadia FreeRice is considered one of the top fifty websites by Time.com. (coming in at #44)
'If you want to do a good deed and build your vocabulary, you've come to the right place. Other sites give away charitable donations for little more than a mouse click, but FreeRice makes you earn them. The site challenges you with word quizzes and pledges to donate 20 grains of rice to the U.N. World Food Programme for each definition you get right. (The words get harder the longer you play.) To do more, check out the Hunger Site, which donates to relief agencies Mercy Corps and America's Second Harvest in exchange for your visit.'
2) Tropicana (in their own words)
With your help, we are aiming to save thousands of acres of endangered rainforest.'
You make an account with them that takes less than a minute which they use to track your totals.
They can be found here
Their rainforest statement in its entirety can be found here
We started doing this a couple of weeks ago and so far my house has helped save 300 square feet, not much but by the end of the year, at around 600 square feet per month, well, do the math. We could help save around 7,000 square feet. Enough people and that could add up to some real acreage and we buy this product anyway. My daughter reads everything - boxes, bottles, jars, wine labels - we once had a bottle of white wine that was produced using 'free-range grapes'. Man, that made her laugh. Anyway, that's how I know about this.