Do you believe in six degrees of separation — you know, the theory that skyrocketed into popular culture through Jon Guare’s play and posits that you and I are connected to each other, and everyone else on the planet for that matter, through at most six other people?
Well, the United Nation’s World Food Programme (WFP) has a new take on the theory and it’s aimed at feeding the nearly one billion people who go hungry in this world. It’s called 6 Degrees of Freerice and it takes the the WFP’s immensely popular online trivia game Freerice to a whole new level.
“Each of us is only six degrees away, or less, from someone who does not know where she will find her next meal,” said Nancy Roman, WFP Director of Communications, Public Policy and Private Partnerships. “Imagine what we could achieve if we each invite six of our friends to help us donate rice to hungry kids. Freerice allows everyone to make a real-world impact with just the click of a mouse.”
I’ve written about Freerice before. It’s a great trivia game for all ages. Just click on the website and go. For each correct answer WFP donates 10 grains of rice to the world’s hungriest. It works, and truth be told, it’s kind of addictive. Today more than one million people from 179 countries have signed on and have donated nearly 100 billion grains of rice to feed almost 5 million people the world over, according to the WFP.
For the rest of this week, which just so happens to be World Freerice Week, you can create a special “6 Degrees of Freerice” group, recruit 6 friends, ask them to recruit 6 friends, and so on and so on. WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.
“We can solve the problem of hunger if we join together to each do our part,” said Roman. “Almost one billion people go to bed hungry every night. With 6 Degrees of Freerice, we’re on our way to harnessing the power of online networks to make a difference in the fight against hunger.”
Photo: A student in rural Cambodia eats a meal he receives through the WFP School Meals Programme. Copyright: WFP/Heather Hill