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Blog entry Teach A Man To Fish?

24 February 2011

Every now and again, Team Freerice receives emails from people who want to know why we provide rice to the hungry instead of educating them about self-sustainability. Almost all of these people quote that old saying: "Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life".

We do our best to respond, emphasising that the World Food Programme has long-term solutions in place such as School Meals or Purchase for Progress - but often people need food urgently, such as in emergency situations, before they can face the task of rebuilding their lives.

Fortunately, the World Food Programme has published a great video that explains this in a clear way. Please feel free to share it with your students, your friends and family:

Thank you for raising rice Freericers!
Team Freerice

Comments
Mon, 06/27/2011 - 06:40 apatel03

true one!!!!!!

Thu, 03/24/2011 - 07:27 justina614

If everyone played freerice for even 15 minutes a daythere would be so many people fed, we ned to learn to sacrafice a bit of time for others.

Wed, 03/23/2011 - 00:49 wolvepack7

This video is sssoooo true!!

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 18:13 love2play

I always play stuff on Freerice... because I like to!

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 02:23 c3r6s9

I completely agree with this video. Besides all this though, there is another reason why you can't just "teach a man to fish". Sometimes there's just not enough "fish" in the area. Sure, every ecosystem has some form of edible life, but there may not be very much, especially if you can't grow or make it yourself. Thank you Freerice, WFA, sponsors, donors, and Freerice players for helping these people around the world. By the way, worldhelp.net is a great place to go if you want to give more than just rice. It is a central place for organizations such as Causelife or the Children of the World Choir. If you're reading this, I challenge you to check it out sometime. You might just save a life.

Fri, 03/11/2011 - 01:43 Freericeisnice1998

I think that teaching " a man to fish" would definitely be long lasting, but I agree with whoever said that you must have strength to provide food for yourself, and thats what these people need-strength. That is why Free rice is so great, and everyone who helps is helping a great cause!

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 08:29 green_g

I think teaching somone to get his own food is a more effective way,though I also agree in an extreme case were someone needs good nutirition giveing him food would be the better coice.

Thu, 03/10/2011 - 06:30 Takashi Yanagi

Why is freerice not working for me at night....it works during the day
please fix this

Wed, 03/09/2011 - 00:16 lmentzel

I enjoy doing Free Rice every day and have earned over 400,000 points or grains of rice, but today, I can't get the site to do anything. I've rebooted a number of times, and still nothing happens when I click on an answer! Help!!

Mon, 03/07/2011 - 01:34 akbeancounter

I like how WFP addressed the question. It doesn't have to be one or the other; certain tactics are better for certain situations, and around the world right now, there are people in every stage of this progression.

Thu, 03/03/2011 - 20:37 xwabc1

Education is the key to poverty alleviation . People can improving their lives by education and vocational training .

Wed, 03/02/2011 - 05:09 Mrm

I agree. I am glad to be a part of FreeRice, and to participate in helping others. It's a good feeling- that you are helping someone every time you click the correct answer.
Everyone learns- even if they do not fully know it! You may just be repeating something you already know...or maybe that "unnecessary" repetition is what helps you to get it right the next time.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 17:43 pristeenvane

It is such a great news that the internet can be used for helping people and making a change in the world. I hope that by next month there would be more programs/sites like this.

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 16:44 FALCON4EVR

I don't care where the rice goes, I just like the feeling that I helped someone in need. Plus, this gives me an escape from my schoolwork!

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 20:19 jkatzman

wow, i was wondering about that

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 17:24 ME_tiana

I agree that is great.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 08:11 Violet Montebello

I think that by providing food as a short term objective, the basis for the long term objs are constructed. It's on Maslow's scale of needs and it would be difficult to teach hungry people anything. Once the basic need are satisfied they will be able to go further.

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 03:58 bro-hug

i would like to know why the server is so horrible i have donated 17200 grains of rice but it only says 13200 and i have been keeping track

Sun, 02/27/2011 - 03:38 applepinkysweet

i like the picture :p

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 02:05 Soccerellie88

That is great!! LUV IT!!!!

Sat, 02/26/2011 - 01:51 Whatitsmzdanielle Jefferson

i like this video just earned 200,000 rice points

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 23:21 Adventure Writer

It's clear as can be - you must first have the strength to produce, before you are able to create a sustainable life. Great job developing a clear, easy-to-understand video which conveys this!

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 00:25 bukeprv5

thats great

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