It’s Ration
Challenge Week!

And the Challenge has begun!
There’s still time to get involved, though.

Together we've raised

...enough to feed

refugees for a whole year!

What it's all about

Are you up for the challenge too?

Right now, during Refugee Week, over 5,000 people in New Zealand are eating the same rations as a Syrian refugee – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish and oil – and getting sponsored to do it. The money they’re raising will provide food, medicine and education for refugees; and support people living in poverty around the world. It’s not too late to get involved – join us now! Or you can support our campaign by sponsoring someone you know who’s taking part.

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 thousands of Kiwis raising money and awareness for refugees!

Ready to make a huge difference? 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!

However, it is possible 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


A big shout-out to our top fundraisers and teams who’ve been working so hard to raise money to help refugees and other people living in poverty around the world.

If you’d like to sponsor either an individual or a team, just select their name to visit their fundraising page.

Top individuals

Top teams

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

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 people living in poverty 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

Oxfam understands the need is much greater than what one organisation can achieve and it is important to work alongside other agencies that have similar programs.