Friday, November 16, 2007

One Drop (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

A friend sent me in the direction of the website below... right up my language-loving/activist alley - it is my solemn vow to do this, for at least 200 grains (20 words), each and every day...

FreeRice is a sister site of the world poverty site,

FreeRice has two goals:
Provide English vocabulary to everyone for free.
Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the sponsors who advertise on this site.

Whether you are CEO of a large corporation or a street child in a poor country, improving your vocabulary can improve your life. It is a great investment in yourself.

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.

FAQ here...

POEM: Hunger... why? by Georg E Mateos

A man with too many riches
will try to clench to dear life,
while a man with no possessions
will never be afraid to die.

Rich nations with bulging coffers
will turn to the poorer a blind eye,
Poor nations with very little will rush
to help and share the little they have.

Rivers of milk going to waste because
rich farmers don't reach top prices,
tons of meat thrown after been too long
in the shops and went out of date.

With nobody wanting to foot the bill
fermenting away are mountains of rice,
so, can anyone smarter than me explain,
how it is that in 2007 we still have hunger?

We can say it in many of the world's languages,
hunger, fome, hambre, sult, fame, hanga, or njaa
corroding away the belly of millions of poor people,
that because of it, wouldn't see tomorrow's sunrise.

QUOTE: "Society comprises two classes: those who have more food than appetite, and those who have more appetite than food." ~ S├ębastien-Roch Nicholas de Chamfort

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