Blog entry 10 Ways You Can Help the Horn of Africa

28 July 2011

More than 11 million people trapped in the Horn of Africa are facing a severe drought and are in urgent need of assistance. There is something that everyone can do... Here are 10 things absolutely anyone can do to help the World Food Programme save lives.

1. Make an online donation
Over the coming weeks, WFP will feed more people across the Horn of Africa than live in Los Angeles. That’s a big job. Making a secure online donation is one of the best ways you can help us get it done.
Donate now

2. Donate by text message
Don't have a credit card? No problem. If you live in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, you can also donate by text message. Here's how:

For the US, text the word AID to this number: 27722 to donate $10.
For Canada, text the word RELIEF to this number: 45678 to donate $5.
For the UK, text the word AID to this number: 70303 to donate £3.

3. Take the quiz
How much do you know about what’s going on in the Horn of Africa? Find out by taking this short quiz. For every person who takes it, a child will receive a warm meal thanks to an anonymous donor. Put your knowledge to the test and then challenge your friends!
Take the quiz

4. Share this video
It’s less than one minute long and will give you a good idea of the situation in the Horn of Africa and what WFP is doing about it. After you’ve seen it make sure all of your friends see it as well.
Watch the video

5. Stay current
Thousands of people are on the move across Somalia and WFP is rapidly scaling up its operations in the region. Keep track of developments at our crisis page, where you’ll find the latest news and updates plus photos, videos and stories from the field.
Go to Crisis Page

6. Get social
The world needs to know about what’s going on in the Horn of Africa and that starts with your friends on Facebook, your followers on Twitter, your subscribers on YouTube etc. Join WFP's online communities and share the message with your friends and followers.
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube

7. Grab a banner
Are you a blogger? Go check out our collection of banners and then put one on your site. Make sure that the people who come to your blog know what it’s for. If you don’t write a blog yourself, send this link around to the bloggers you like to read and tell them what to do.
Grab a banner

8. Get these ads published
Contact your local newspaper and ask them to publish one of our print ads. Make sure they know that you think this is the single most important story in the news right now.
See the print ads

9. Be creative
There are hundreds of things ordinary people can do to help our operations in the Horn of Africa. Taking up a collection at school or holding a neighbourhood fundraiser are just a few of things are supporters have done to help feed the hungry. If you need some inspiration, find out what 9-year-old Emily did last year to help people left homeless by flooding in Pakistan.
Read the story

10. Keep us posted
We want to know what you’re doing to raise money and awareness to help. Let us know in the comments area below or through Facebook and Twitter.

Please note: at this time, Freerice rice is allocated to Cambodia as we are not able to allocate to the Horn of Africa (Freerice rice is purchase locally, and at this stage it is not possible). We will keep you updated as to any changes in allocation. You can find out more about Cambodia here

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Thu, 09/29/2011 - 12:14 Team Freerice

Hi nicola891, currently we are not able to provide rice there (if it becomes possible, we would do so immediately). However, the rice is going currently to Cambodia, where there is a legacy civil conflict and economic stagnation. The recent rising food prices are not making it any easier for the people there, and they need our help to survive.

You can find out more here:

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 19:52 nicola891

Uhh so the rice doesn't even go to Africa? Which means we're not actually feeding any hungry people? Wtf.

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 00:38 Sweetswirls

This is pretty interesting. I'll look up some more info online that can help!
~ Sweetswirls

Mon, 09/26/2011 - 03:43 ethelwell

I took the quiz and so should you =]

Sun, 09/25/2011 - 11:44 hotvall305


Sat, 09/17/2011 - 21:07 PigLover454 is one of my favorite websites. I hope we can clear all hunger, or @ least a portion of hunger with 8)/8(

Thu, 09/15/2011 - 02:22 PigLover454

I can not stop thinking about the Horn of Africa. WE MUST HELP! 8D

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 19:48 jaszyboo

while what can i do to help more then give rice??? ;-j

Wed, 09/14/2011 - 06:55 PigLover454

Picture bowls of rice to the hungary. The law of attraction will totally work. It just needs time. 8/

Sat, 09/10/2011 - 06:51 PigLover454

Wish for rice to the hungrey. World hunger stinks. 8p
- piglover454

Sat, 09/10/2011 - 06:46 PigLover454

I feel so bad for the little boy in the picture and everyone else suffering like that 8(. They have for a very important reason though; and I am glad to be part of it.
- piglover454

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 12:47 Team_Freerice_admin, thanks for letting us know. Please note, it's not a scam! But the quiz seems to be malfunctioning. We have let the UN WFP fundraising team know!

Wed, 09/07/2011 - 07:04

Do not take the quiz. I am sorry to say this but i make shure nothing is a scam but i looked up all the answers and purposley got them wrong but it said i got 5 of 5

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 18:48 MHS2

I hope i can make a difference!!! i LOVE africa!! :D

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 07:05 penguia1

i hope they get better if fell so srry
best wishes :)

Tue, 08/30/2011 - 22:11 NJvincanity

i'm trying to do some more freerice

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 18:35 acdcmc2

I sent out fifteen emails to every large church, mosque, and synagogue in my hometown with a link to free rice; all told the message should reach close to a million people.

Mon, 08/29/2011 - 16:32 acdcmc2

This is supposed to be the United Nations of the 21st century?

Getting real tired real fast of dead and/or misdirected links.

The quiz is not working. Fix it.

Better yet, feed the world.

You're all fired. All of you.
From New York to Geneva.

Sun, 08/28/2011 - 03:04 inthewoods

I hope that all of you will pray hard for these people. God Bless!! <3

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 21:48 Alexandre Cugny

So, I'm the second.

I'll do the 3rd proposition ;-)

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 05:31 28coffee

yeah :(

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 01:31 maliangirl1808

yes ikr second to comment hehe

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 17:07 Laporcha

I will forever play this game to feed the homeless ! :)

Tue, 08/23/2011 - 00:14 awesomest101

WOW. I have no comment. Why do bad things always happen to people in Africa

Mon, 08/22/2011 - 02:25 wazup1

I want to help. But with school, dance, soccer, softball, cheerleading, AND drama club, I barely have any time to breathe!

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 18:13 belletastic

I am sooooo happy to help them. I am only in 6th grade so its still hard to do some of the stuff on here.

Fri, 08/19/2011 - 03:21 Testsubject

I hope everyone tries to help :D I'm actually debating getting the ad published in the paper...

Thu, 08/18/2011 - 06:09 applepinkysweet

Hey!Well i am the first one to answer on the "Can you have too much freerice" duh!Well i am not trying to show off but next time :p

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 10:24 gbr

same :( poor people facing bad stuff

Wed, 08/17/2011 - 09:36 fuhhtheworld

STep By step we can try are hardest to help

Tue, 08/16/2011 - 14:44 hampy

Try to get other people to help. Watch the videos- they are reall sad and make you want to help more!

Mon, 08/15/2011 - 05:15 ThumperRabbit

Will the drought finish?

Sun, 08/14/2011 - 11:43 Logicum

I feel so bad that I can't do more than these, but I can only:
1. Take the quiz
2. Share the video
3. Stay current
If anyone else can help, please do!

Sun, 08/14/2011 - 07:45 arcmorales

yeah.. me too..

glad we could help.. :)

Sat, 08/13/2011 - 06:48 Viktor Chynarov

Okay, as a response to the above comment. "What the fudge?"

Your statement doesn't say anything. You say, "I'm the first to comment yay!". Notice how the 10. Keep us posted area talks about what you're doing to raise money and awareness to help. And "Oh I'm feeling so bad for them" doesn't count as doing anything. Why don't you you stop talking about how bad you feel and decide to do something instead of trying to make contribution by being the first poster.

I myself created a blog post about Freerice.
Check it out:

Fri, 08/12/2011 - 05:20 bt956

I pray the rice will feed many in the Horn of Africa. May God bless them with spiritual and physical nourishment. It hurts to know that many do not have a choice of leaving their very ill children behind to die because they can't go on with them.

Thu, 08/11/2011 - 20:45 linhuimin

i do want to donate money .but i dont have the credit cards you there other ways for us to donate money?i am in china.

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 07:06 MrJamieParker

Do You Have A Money Collection Box That Can Be Put Up In Businesses And Shops? If So Where Would I Get In Contact With Someone To Get One? Because I May Have A Restaurant Who Will Have One Up...

Sun, 08/07/2011 - 02:45 Moomins

I am going to help.

Fri, 08/05/2011 - 06:17 lainybear

I know i do too! I wish there was something more i could do. i wish i had money to donate, but being 14 i dont have a credit card.

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 11:35 delyacookie

i wish i could help more but all i can do is donate online and take the quiz, But i promise i will tell everyone i know and see what they can do.

Thu, 08/04/2011 - 03:36 AlexDana

It is just awful. Why are we not hearing about this in the news? I really cannot think of much that is more important. I wish them the best.

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 11:24 rishabj

is it not possible to put rice to the horn of africa?

Wed, 08/03/2011 - 05:48 Nitto

Let us all pray to God & visualize no hunger, see them being healthy and full, it's the law of attraction!

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 23:40 Li Xin

THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH THE SERVER!! I getting error messages and the processing is slow.

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 07:17 MuhammadUsmanRules

I wish the Horn of Africa get's it's water and food in time, before it really starts to take it's big death toll.

Tue, 08/02/2011 - 04:49 lynlyn7

Yay! I'm the second one to comment!
Donating rice is awesome!

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 16:28 diondinosaur

lol. its not about being first loh. hmm... this month will be a time where there are lesser freericers online as malays are fasting and the chinese has the chinese ghost festival thingy...

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 00:14 con1468

This makes me sad. I hope it will get better there.

I hope freerice can get the rice going there.

Sun, 07/31/2011 - 22:36 cocorice7208

i fell really bad for them :(

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