Where the money goes

The money you raise by taking the Ration Challenge will help support Syrian refugees living in camps in Jordan, having fled 7 years of conflict and violence in their own country.
You will help provide food rations, medicine and education for Syrian refugees; and support the work of Oxfam to improve the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

How the Ration Challenge helps

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; resilient mothers and fathers struggling to provide for their children; sons and daughters missing out on an education; people dying for want of basic medical care; 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 support the work of Oxfam New Zealand in supporting people living in poverty around the world.

Emergency hygiene kits that contain clothing, soap and sanitary items help people living in camps maintain health and prevent disease.

Community medical days each month provide hundreds of refugees with life-saving access to specialist care.

Education forums for children help them continue their education and counselling support helps refugees deal with the trauma they’ve been through.


By taking the Ration Challenge you’ll also be supporting the work of Oxfam to improve the lives of people living in poverty around the world. You’ll be helping Oxfam to find practical, innovative ways for people to lift themselves out of poverty and thrive. You’ll also be supporting our campaign efforts so that the voices of the poor influence the local and global decisions that affect them.

Ending poverty
We work with some of the world’s most vulnerable communities to provide people with the tools, education, experience, and knowledge to help them work their way out of poverty. We’re talking self-reliance, not hand-outs, to create positive change that lasts.

When disaster strikes around the world, Oxfam and our partners move quickly to provide life-saving assistance to people in need. Then we stay for the long-term to rebuild lives and reduce the risk of future disasters.

Calling world leaders, governments, and businesses to play their part in tackling poverty and building a safer, fairer world for everyone.

Read more about our work on the Oxfam NZ 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 that the Ration Challenge and others are providing – including food rations and clothes for the children.