Where the money goes

The money you raise by taking on the Act for Peace Ration Challenge will help support Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan, having fled 7 years of conflict and violence in their own country.

We’ll also use the funds to help tackle injustice around the world through Act for Peace’s emergency response, long-term development and advocacy programs.

HOW WE HELP

Over 11 million Syrian people – nearly half the country’s population – have been displaced because of war. They are the world’s most vulnerable people; mothers and fathers struggling to feed their children; sons and daughters missing out on an education; people dying for want of basic medical care that we take for granted in Australia; and families who, after losing everything, are not getting the support they deserve to rebuild their lives.

The money you raise will help provide food ration packs to the most vulnerable – the same food you’ll be eating during the Challenge – as well as hygiene kits, medical help and psychosocial support.

We distribute emergency hygiene kits that contain clothing, soap and sanitary items to help maintain health and prevent disease.

We run community medical days each month so that hundreds of refugees can access life-saving specialist care.

We also run education forums for children, as well as programs that provide counselling and support to refugees.

WHERE WE WORK

As part of the ACT Alliance, Act for Peace works with local organisations around the world, saving lives when disaster strikes, supporting vulnerable communities and helping to build long-term change.

As well as supporting refugees in Jordan, we also provide refugees in Ethiopia with emergency health care, and ongoing counselling and vocational training.

We support internally displaced people and refugees in Sri Lanka and in India to ensure they have the support and skills they need to rebuild their lives when they return to their homes.

We provide emergency supplies to drought-affected communities in East Africa, and to the many thousands of refugees living on the Thailand/Myanmar border.

We help communities living in disaster-prone countries such as Indonesia, the Philippines, Tonga and Vanuatu plan for, and respond to, natural disasters.

We also run long-term development programs in places such as Gaza, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Zimbabwe – for example to improve girls’ access to quality education and to provide healthcare services to rural families.

Read more about our work on the Act for Peace site >

Mona’s story

Mona is from Homs in Syria. She now lives in an apartment in Jordan with her husband Wael, their son and daughter, and their two grandchildren.

In Homs they lived a good life and owned their own home. Wael was a taxi driver and her son worked in furniture upholstery. Mona always vowed she’d never leave her house, but then Wael got caught up in some crossfire one day and they were forced to flee to safety in Jordan.

“He was shot in the back of his head. The bullet penetrated his skull and exited from the other side. I thought he would not survive.”

Wael did survive, although he’s still recovering from his injury. Mona is sick and unable to get the treatment she needs. The family are therefore entirely dependent on the help Act for Peace and others are providing – including food rations, blankets, and clothes for the children.