The Challenge

During Refugee Week, 17-24 June 2018, you’ll be eating and drinking the same as a Syrian refugee based on food packs distributed to those living in camps in Jordan. Can you do it?

How it works

Become a ration challenger

Sign up now to join the Ration Challenge community and set up your own fundraising page. We’ll send you your ration pack as soon as we can (note that you need to sign up by 30 May for us to guarantee you’ll get a pack before the Challenge starts).

Live on rations

Eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during Refugee Week (17-24 June). That means just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chick peas, beans, fish (or alternative for vegetarians and vegans) and oil.

Raise money and awareness

Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you and raise vital funds for refugees. At the same time, share your experience with everyone you know to raise awareness of the issue and help change attitudes.

Fundraise to earn rewards

Many refugees are resourceful people who do their best to find different ways to provide for their families. The Ration Challenge’s local partner runs training courses to teach vulnerable women how to make handicrafts. They then sell or trade these handicrafts through local markets, helping to supplement their rations.

You probably won’t have time to make and sell handicrafts during the Challenge, so instead we’ve set up a system of rewards.

You can earn extra ingredients to add to your meals by reaching fundraising goals. As you raise more money you help more refugees and, in turn, you also add small items to your rations.

> Find out more about the rewards

Take part

As an individual

Thinking about stepping up to the Challenge? Good on you! Sign up today, kick-start your fundraising by sponsoring yourself, wait until your ration pack arrives and then post a photo of the contents on your social channels. We guarantee your friends and family will be rallying around to support you!

As a team

The Ration Challenge is perfect for a team. You can cook together, and you’re allowed to pool your rations and rewards. Plus, when the going gets tough, there’s no better motivator than people beside you going through the same experience.

You can set up or join a team either when you sign up, or after you’ve registered.

With your workmates

Get your colleagues involved and start a team at work! Lots of companies encourage staff to fundraise by matching the amounts they raise. Talk to your boss or the HR department about dollar matching to see if you are eligible. Your workplace could instantly double your total and the difference your work team makes!

Resources and support

We’ll be here to provide resources, support and advice to all of our Challengers, including:

A handy ration guide and online fundraising page
Once you’ve signed up (make sure you do so before 30 May so we can guarantee delivery in time for Refugee Week), we’ll send you everything you need to take part, including a Ration Guide, poster and your ration box. Plus we’ll give you access to the Ration Challenge fundraising hub, which includes your own online fundraising page.

Recipes, tips and our essential meal plan
You’ll be able to download a number of great resources from the fundraising hub to support you in your Challenge – including more posters, recipes and fundraising tips, plus our essential meal plan in early June.

Support with your fundraising
You’ll have the support of your own fundraising coach, who’ll be there to provide tips and advice on how to reach – and ideally smash – your fundraising target.

Fatima’s story

Fatima is a proud and strong Syrian woman, but she will never forget the humiliation and powerlessness she felt when she first became a refugee. She now lives in Jordan with her children where they mainly depend on coupons and packages, distributed thanks to the generous donations of people standing up for refugees.

Fatima was trained as a volunteer to distribute rations to fellow refugees in Jordan ‘with love and a smile’. She’s determined to help others regain the dignity she lost on the dangerous and traumatic journey from Syria.

“People who come here are already shy and broken on the inside. We should not add to this. I’ve made big changes to help people keep their dignity. I want to distribute packages with love and a smile.”