Take the
Ration Challenge

… and show refugees we’re with
them, not against them.

What it's all about

Are you up for the challenge?

Eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil – and get sponsored to do it. The money you raise will provide food, medicine and education for refugees; and support other communities around the world threatened by conflict and disaster. You’ll be making a real difference and showing refugees we’re with them, not against them!

Want to know more? Watch the video, or read more about the Ration Challenge here.

Be part of it!

Thinking about getting involved? You’ll be joining over 25,000 Australians who’ve taken the Challenge in the last four years, raising an amazing $5.9 million – enough to feed over 22,000 refugees for a year!

Ready to make this year’s campaign the most incredible yet? Here’s what you’ll be doing. For the week of the Ration Challenge, you’ll be eating the same as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan. Just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish (vegetarians and vegans can use an alternative) and oil. That’s it. No meat, no coffee and no alcohol!

You’ll also be able to earn rewards based on how much you’ve fundraised – for example, a spice or flavouring to add to your rice, a fresh vegetable of your choice, or even a welcome cup of tea. So the friends, families and colleagues who are willing to sponsor you will be playing a crucial role in helping you through the week, as well as providing vital funds to support refugees and other vulnerable communities.

> Read more about what’s involved in the Challenge here

> Keen to get involved? Join us now

Jess, like many of our previous Ration Challengers, was worried that she wouldn’t make it through the whole week, or be able to raise much money.

“Taking part in the Ration Challenge was a chance to be part of something bigger than myself. I felt that I could finally be part of a community taking action against an injustice that I often feel helpless about .”

Where the money goes

The money you raise will provide food rations, medical care, education and other essential support to Syrian refugees living in Jordan – people like Assala – as well as helping other conflict- and disaster-affected communities around the world.

Assala’s story
Assala lives in a tent in an urban refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, with her husband Ahed and their 13-year-old son Naser. They fled from Syria 6 years ago to escape the bombings. Assala hasn’t seen her mother, or her sisters, since then.

In Syria, the family lived a good life. They owned a chicken farm and sold olive oil. But now, Ahed has a back injury and can’t work, so Assala has to pick up whatever work she can to help feed her family. The family depend entirely on her small income, and the food rations they’ve received thanks to the money raised through the Ration Challenge.

> Read more about where the money goes