We’re here to help! We hope these FAQs cover everything you need to know but if you have any other questions please contact us on 1800 025 101 or send us an email at info@actforpeace.org.au

What are the rations?

We’ve designed the Ration Challenge to reflect, as closely as we can, what it’s like to eat rations as a Syrian refugee in Jordan. You are able to eat the food rations in your ration box, rice and flour from two provided food coupons and any rewards you earn. The food ration pack includes rice 420g, lentils 170g, dried chick peas 85g, tinned sardines 125g, tinned kidney beans 400g and vegetable oil 300ml. In your ration pack, you’ll also find two food ‘coupons’, for additional rice and flour. They are representative of the coupons many refugees are given by the UN or other organisations that can be exchanged in local shops for essential staple foods, such as rice and flour. To recreate your refugee experience, buy an additional 1.5kg of rice and 400g of plain flour and add these to your week’s rations. Tip: don’t try to use your coupons at the supermarket, they won’t work!

How do I receive my food ration pack?

All you have to do is sign up and get your first donation and we’ll send your ration pack straight to you. If you haven’t yet received a donation, we’ll still send you a welcome pack with everything you need to know to take part.

I am a vegetarian/vegan – can I still take part?

Yes! All the ingredients in the ration pack are suitable for vegans and vegetarians, except for the sardines. When you register, we’ll give you the option to receive a ration pack without sardines. You can choose to replace the sardines with 125g of tofu (or other alternative of your choice).

Where does the money go?

The money you raise will provide food rations, medical care, education and other essential support to Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and help other conflict and disaster-affected communities around the world. By taking part in the Ration Challenge, you’ll be supporting people in urgent need as well as helping to tackle the root causes of injustice through Act for Peace’s emergency response, long-term development and advocacy programs.

Act for Peace has programs in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific and Australia. Find out more about the incredible difference you’re making at actforpeace.org.au

Act for Peace works for safety, justice and dignity for all people and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.

When is the Ration Challenge?

The Ration Challenge is held in Refugee Week, from Sunday 17 June – Sunday 24 June 2018.

I’m busy 17-24 June. Can I do the Ration Challenge at a different time?

Yes! You can do the challenge whenever you choose. Many people do the Ration Challenge early due to work, school or family commitments.

What happens if I slip up during the challenge and break the rules? Can I still continue?

The challenge we’ve set is to eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee for the full seven days (or 2-5 days for students), and we’re encouraging everyone to aim for this goal. However, if you do slip up and break a rule, you can make a penalty donation of at least $50 to your fundraising page and then continue with the challenge. The Ration Challenge works on an honesty policy, so only you and your conscience will know if you break the rules!

How much of the money goes to refugees?

In the past financial year, 70% of funds raised for Act for Peace went to supporting our international and domestic programs that benefit communities threatened by conflict and natural disaster. A large part of this went to specifically supporting refugees, including Syrian refugees in Jordan, where Act for Peace distributes rations almost identical to the rations you’ll be eating during the Ration Challenge.
20% of our expenditure was invested in fundraising – fundraising is important so that we can generate the donations that drive our vital work around the world. It also includes the cost of gaining long-term supporters. And 10% was spent on accountability and administration – this is essential to the day-to-day running of the organisation, and includes our supporter relations, finance, administration, HR and management teams.

Learn more about the difference you are making by getting involved with the Ration Challenge, and the difference Act for Peace’s project partners are making in the world, by reading through our Annual Report. By partnering with passionate people like you, we’re working to achieve safety, justice and dignity in communities around the world threatened by conflict and natural disaster. These reports also provide financial breakdowns showing how funds are used in our work overseas and here in Australia.

What if I feel ill during the Ration Challenge?

If you have any concerns about your health, please consult a medical professional before taking part. If you feel ill during the Ration Challenge, cease participation immediately and see a doctor.

What is the nutritional value of the ration packs?

The calorie content of the food eaten during the challenge (i.e. the contents of the ration pack provided plus the specified additional rice and flour) is below 1738 kcal/person/day. This does not meet the Sphere Minimum Standard of 2,100 kcal/person/day. It is also not consistent with the daily calorie requirements of an average adult recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

I’m pregnant, can I take part?

It is recommended that pregnant women do not take part in the challenge as they have additional dietary requirements that the rations do not meet.

I’m under 18, can I still take part?

Yes, but you can only take part in the Ration Challenge as part of a school or family organised activity, fully supervised by a teacher, parent or guardian (they’ll need to register on your behalf). Please get in touch by sending an email to info@actforpeace.org.au or calling 1800 025 101 and we can give you more information. We’d love to have you on board!

Can I exercise during the challenge?

We don’t recommend that you dramatically increase your physical activity levels during the challenge due to the additional nutritional requirements that exercising may have. If you exercise regularly in normal circumstances, it is recommended that you reduce the level of physical exertion you undertake during the challenge.

Can I do the challenge for longer than a week?

No, it is not recommended that participants exceed the one-week duration of the challenge.