Altruistic Web Surfing: Just Click and Help!

compSo I know I’m not the only person who feels incredibly guilty after reading stories about abject poverty in other countries. Subsequently, I feel even worse when I put it out of my mind and get back to own, comparatively ridiculously affluent life.

So I’ve compiled a list of really great and easy ways to contribute to some incredibly worthy causes. Bonus: they’re all things you can do easily on your laptop at any time!

Free Rice: This handy little tool not only helps feed the hungry by donating rice to the United Nations World Food Program, it can also improve your vocabulary! Just answer as many vocabulary questions as you wish, and for each one you answer correctly, the advertisers on the page donate 20 grains of rice to the WFP. The questions increase in difficulty for each correct answer, and so does the amount of rice donated. It’s a win-win!

The Million Faces Petition: The ‘Million Faces’ is a visual petition – a way for you to show your concern about the spread of arms. The campaign focuses on promoting an international treaty covering arms transfers – the Arms Trade Treaty – which will stop arms being sold to those likely to misuse them. All you have to do is submit your name and email, then upload a photo, and join the over half a million photos already posted, including celebrities like Greenday, Slash, and Michael Moore.

Tribes and Nations: Want to find a unique present? How about this beautiful necklace for 25 dollars? And it becomes even better when the recipient finds out that the money made from the purchase goes to Umtha, a organization in Cape Town, Africa, which provides training and employment for previously disadvantaged women, many of whom are single mothers or HIV-positive.

(Lil) Green Patch: So you know basically live on Facebook. Don’t try to deny it. Now you won’t have to feel so guilty while clicking through all of your crush’s photos, as long as you add the (Lil) Green Patch application. Plant flowers, play games, and send your friends flowers as much as you like-because each time you do, the application’s advertisers donates to organizations like the Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program.

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