Blog entry Your Rice And Marie's Future

10 January 2011

Marie Anika is Haitian and 8 years old. Her dream of working in a bank is made all the more possible by a meal of beans and rice that she receives at school.

Why? Because providing a meal at school is an incentive for parents to send their children to school rather than send them to work. By providing a meal to Marie, we help her to grow strong physically and mentally, as well as safeguard her education.

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti one year ago, Freerice players were raising rice for the country to help the people affected by the disaster including girls like Marie.

At the moment, Marie still lives in a tent where her house used to be before the earthquake. But that hasn’t stopped her from going to school or dreaming about the future thanks to the hearty meals she eats everyday in class.

Many thanks to all the Freerice players for the time you dedicate to raising rice while you learn!

To mark the one year anniversary, all rice raised from January 2011 on Freerice will go to helping the people of Haiti. Find out why Haiti still needs our help

Read more about Marie's story here
Find out about other women and girls fight against hunger

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 05:33 Annalexa24

I love this website. I think stories like this are so inspiring. By continuing to donate rice, we can help more people like Marie make their dreams come true. Good Luck,Marie! And never stop dreaming!

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 02:47 applepinkysweet


Thu, 01/27/2011 - 23:50 silvermist102

amazing story.......( sniffle ) unfortiantly, there are places in the world where worse things are happening. this hardly tops the list. mostly africa is being hit by disaster. sure, not earthquakes and stuff, but droughts and famine and disease needs help, people, more than haiti. take swaziland, for instance. swaziland is predicted not to be a country by 2012, due to severe HIV breakouts. why not help africa? i myself, am supporting rwanda, and i advise you support african countries too. maybe we might save africa. help save swaziland though. join a group supporting africa, like my friend, silvermist101.
her group supports swaziland. join it! please!

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 15:25 UDDHAV SONAWALE

yes sure god will help u r dream's

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 00:47 kashoaf

so touching and i am for sure your dreams will come true Mary goodluck to you

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 16:13 jdf2000

i like whenpeople talk about ending world hunger and i love this website well i hope we do end world hunger!

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 13:58 venacava


Wed, 01/26/2011 - 13:57 venacava

this is a good chance that we can give off our love

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 11:38 fopgames

I wish Marie all the good luck

Tue, 01/25/2011 - 17:40 Tigers fight starvation

OMG. This is the best.[-B

Tue, 01/25/2011 - 17:29 Tigers fight starvation

Let's do this thing! :D

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 07:28 kenzie7878

I love this site! It's so inspiring! I've been trying to get my friends and family involved too!
It's good to know that we can make a difference in the world!(:

Mon, 01/24/2011 - 05:44 magicstudio

one small step can lead to something big.

Sun, 01/23/2011 - 14:57 Midnight.Lynx

I like it when people talk about people like Marie ; individual families instead of the (sadly) high numbers of people whose lives are destroyed by natural disasters. It makes me feel like I'm donating for people, people just like you and me, except people who are less fortunate, instead of just a number. Thanks for this amazing story!

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 07:21 listomania1

Wow so cool! We should ALL convince people to join freerice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tue, 01/18/2011 - 15:12 abby

@BLAHRG you can donate! Go to

Donating rice through the game is just one way to help, but we encourage people to get involved in as many ways as possible.

Also take a look at:

Sun, 01/16/2011 - 23:35 jjmurph82

Awesome story!(btw come join my group Free Rice for Africa!)

Sun, 01/16/2011 - 07:33 BLAHRG

Why are we reading this when we could DONATE rice to help children like Marie!

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 06:14 polarcmj

i think donating rice is awesome, but id like to do some of the other donation stuff, but i wish we could pat for it with rice or some other way.

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 03:57 littlefighter

freeice is awesome

Sat, 01/15/2011 - 03:56 littlefighter

very creative olive

Fri, 01/14/2011 - 20:44 l-lope

This is a fun way to encourage children to fight hunger(: ROCK ON HOMIE!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 07:59 iOliveJuice


Olive the horse thinks this website is good and helps lots!

Thu, 01/13/2011 - 03:22 PeaceSmiles

This website inspires people to do little things to make a big difference. Keep it up marie! :D

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 17:29 ShawnaAtkinson

I love this site How it helps feed the hungry and plus it is great for learning, for not only me but, my children as well. This is the best thing ever.

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 06:24 fluffy111222

i love free rice and how they donate the rice to hungry pepole in the world!

Wed, 01/12/2011 - 06:23 xX_dinosaur_Xx

I love helping people like Marie!
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Tue, 01/11/2011 - 19:02 T-Pain

This is so inspiring. We should all unite against world hunger by playing FreeRice.

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