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Blog entry Spotlight: Hunger Fighter at Headquarters, Faye Kaloudi

22 November 2012

Faye Kaloudi is the Freericer extraordinaire who co-runs the Freerice group, Mars Army Against Hunger, which has recruited over 400 people to take up arms against hunger! She recently visited our offices at the United Nations World Food Programme headquarters in Rome, Italy.


Faye standing beside one of the Freerice poster located around WFP headquarters

Apart from showing her around the headquarters, to give her a better idea of how the rice you raise gets from your computer to the people who need it most, we also took the chance to ask her a few questions:

What’s the link between your favourite music band and fighting world hunger?
Our Freerice group is inspired by the band 30 Seconds to Mars. The lead singer, Jared Leto, lived for some years in Haiti during his childhood. After the earthquake in 2010, he spoke out about the emergency and hunger there, inspiring us to take action.

While I’ve always been interested in social causes like world hunger, linking this with the music I like is the perfect combination!

(The fanbase for 30 Seconds to Mars call themselves "The Echelon" - although they prefer the term "family" to "fanbase". The Echelon have created philanthropic charities around the world based on the band's charitable work for the environment and Haiti.)

One word to describe Freerice?
"Humanitarian" or "easy-way-to-help".

Hunger is...
something that should not exist in the world.

The best thing about Freerice is...
that you can help for free and educate yourself at the same time. Give and take.

What’s your favorite subject on Freerice?
I like English vocabulary and the World Capitals subject.

How did you find out about Freerice?
My friend Anna in France created the group Mars Army Against Hunger on Freerice and asked me to join her.


Faye making the sign of Triad, known to the band's "Echelon", in front of a WFP poster

When you tell your friends about Freerice, how do they respond?
Very positively. They're usually astonished at how easy it is to help!

What would you like to see on Freerice that may not be there?
An app to make it easier to play and help out?
(We're working on it Faye!)

A short, inspirational sentence to other hunger fighting Freericers?
As human beings, we should always try to give others what we’d like to have. I try to put myself in other’s shoes to understand how I can help them.

The co-creator of their top ranking group, Ana Salem, asked Faye to pass on this message to us during her visit: "You are such an inspiration for me! I just wanted to thank you for thinking about the needy and for making it possible for us to help in this easy way everyone no matter where they are in the world! Echelon are with you :) Xx." Thank you Faye and Ana - you're an inspirations!

Freerice is maintained by and supports the United Nations World Food Programme, the world's largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide. To find out more go to WFP.org

Comments
Tue, 12/18/2012 - 23:11 qdogsol

Could everyone join the "Sandy Hook Elementary" group to show your support for the kids and their familys

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 06:26 Skyedude

Team Freerice-

Once again I would like to thank Freerice for all the help it is giving worldwide! What a wonderful job!!

But I have noticed that it has been donating to Cambodia for quite a while. When do you have plans to change locations, and to where?

Thanks for all the help.

Mon, 12/10/2012 - 19:40 scalpio

Purposeful girl! Good for you!

Wed, 12/05/2012 - 19:32 kaphillips

Go girl!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 12:28 Team Freerice

@Monserrat Mella Ocampo-Washburn we'd love to meet you one day. Please feel free to pop in the next time you're in Rome! Thank you for all your doing to make the world a happier place for all!

Tue, 12/04/2012 - 07:34 themetime123

Everyone. Please join my group...care click rice. We only have 2 members. So who knows you could be the 3rd.

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 16:44 Monserrat Mella Ocampo-Washburn

I was just in Rome and if I knew of your headquarters, I would have visited as Faye did. I am teaching at a Catholic university in Queens, NY. It has a branch in Rome that I visited. I recently argued for making games with a social justice component such as WEtopia and freerice admissible as projects worthy to be considered for Academic Service Learning. I was given permission to do so. My main argument were that the students use their time and effort and also that from their computer, they learn to connect to those in need not just in the local community but globally. The world has become smaller that all we have to do is connect to the Internet and we have the world at our fingertips. So I created a group for my students and together we are making a difference in the lives of the poor among us. I have personally been doing this for years and I am glad my students were receptive to the idea.

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 11:18 Team Freerice

@Skyedude we think that every Freerice group is important and every bit counts.

We are not affiliated with Faye's group. As with ANY spotlight, you can always highlight one thing (otherwise it becomes a list and not a spotlight). There are SO many Freericers and groups for which we're grateful, and who we feel are heroes. Faye and her group, are just one of many!

However, Faye is great choice for many reasons! Here are just two reasons: she travelled all the way to visit us at our offices here at the WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy (we don't often have the opportunity to meet Freericers) and her group is very vocal on social media raising awareness for Freerice and hunger.

We try every month to spotlight one Freericer, and we will of course highlight other groups and players.

Thank YOU @Skyedude for your help and support!

Wed, 11/28/2012 - 07:15 Skyedude

I was just on the MarsArmy group page and although it has steadily been donating for a while, it doesn't donate that much in a day. How come you choose to advertise for this one group? Is it affiliated with Freerice in any way?

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