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March 2012

We have a different kind of "computer" game to recommend this month. Like all good games, they are fun and painlessly educational. But these online games go a step further.  They also allow you to make a real-world difference while you play. (Often, correct answers result in donations on your behalf.)  Each game has a theme, such as hunger, water scarcity or malaria prevention. While playing, you'll have a great opportunity to talk with your children about these issues, making your time together even richer. We also provide corresponding resources to bolster your conversations.



                                                       Jenny Friedman, Executive Director
Social Impact Games
Virtual March for Change
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 Social Impact Games

Make a Difference..... 

These online games enable you to make small donations while you play - at no cost to you. They can be played individually or as a family team if you want to give even more.

  • Free Rice An irresistible vocabulary game for all skillFree Rice  levels. Players earn grains of rice that are donated for every correct answer. 
  • Charitii This game is similar to a crossword puzzle, except that your answers are multiple choice. Five ounces of clean drinking water is donated to families living in poverty for each correct choice. The water donations add up quickly!
  • Answer4Earth Each correct answer in this trivia game helps plant a tree (1 answer = 1 leaf, 12 leaves = 1 branch, 15 branches = 1 tree). You can track your scores to learn how many trees you've planted. 
  • Free Kibble Once each day, you're invited to answer a trivia question about dogs (Bow Wow Trivia) and cats (Meow Trivia). Whether you answer correctly or incorrectly, 10 pieces of kibble will be donated to an animal shelter each time you play.
    Nothing but Nets
  • Nothing But Nets Your challenge is to hand out as many insecticide-treated bed nets as you can before the sun goes down. This simple game doesn't actually raise money (or provide malaria nets), but it can help start a conversation about this worthwhile organization, and you can donate $10 to purchase an actual net for a family in need of protection from disease-carrying mosquitoes.  


Virtual March for Change 

Learn About it and Talk About It .....


Playing these games together with your children - or as a team with your extended family - can increase how much you donate. Don't miss the opportunity to talk about the issues your game addresses. We especially recommend these educational tools to help guide your discussions. (Be sure to preview these resources before sharing them with your children to make sure they are age-appropriate.) 

  • Free Rice: The World Food Programme, which runs the Free Rice game, gave Molly, a 12-year-old living in Nairobi, a small video camera. Share the film she made with your own children. Talk about the similarities between children from all over the world. Maybe you'll be inspired to make your own film to send to Molly!
  • Charitii: If you choose to play for charity: water, watch this video about the value of water. For older children, "Water Changes Everything" takes a more serious (and disturbing) look at the water crisis in the developing world.
  • Answer4Earth: Learn about why trees matter, then talk about their value whenever you're walking in the neighborhood, park or woods. Plant a tree of your own.
  • Free Kibble: Talk about how 11-year-old Mimi Ausland started this organization to make a difference for pets. What does your family care about and how can you make a difference together?
  • Nothing But Nets: For a quick overview of malaria facts, download this PDF. Then talk to your child about malaria and the efforts to eradicate it. You can also download and read the Netman comic together. If you want to join the Nothing But Nets campaign, go here.



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                                                                                    Leo Buscaglia

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