FAQS

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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 106g, 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?

Once you register to take the Ration Challenge we’ll send your ration pack to you within a few weeks. We’ll also 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 106g of tofu (or other alternative of your choice).

Where does the money go?

The money you raise will help provide food rations, healthcare and education for Syrian refugees living in Jordan, and support the work of Oxfam to improve the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

In the last financial year, 81% of Oxfam’s global expenditure went directly to help those who needed it most and to advocate for their rights.

Around 11% was invested to raise even more funds, and 8% was spent on essential running costs like finance management systems, auditing and accountability fees.

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, 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?

Around 30% of the net proceeds of the Ration Challenge will go directly to programmes providing food rations, healthcare and education for Syrian refugees living in Jordan; the remainder will support Oxfam’s work improving the lives of people living in poverty around the world.
In the last financial year, 81% of Oxfam’s global expenditure went directly to help those who needed it most and to advocate for their rights.

Around 11% was invested to raise even more funds, and 8% was spent on essential running costs like finance management systems, auditing and accountability fees.

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 1,738 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. Please see your doctor for advice on whether it is ok for you to take part in the challenge.

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 family organised activity, fully supervised by a parent or guardian (they’ll need to register on your behalf). Please get in touch by sending an email to oxfam@oxfam.org.nz or calling 0800 600 700 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.

How does Oxfam ensure that those we are working to help, are kept safe?

Oxfam has a robust global safeguarding policy, a comprehensive action plan to continually improve our practices, and an independent commission, to ensure the safety of those we work with, and our staff, remains our highest priority.

Can New Zealanders use the Ration Challenge app?

Unfortunately not. The app has been released as a pilot in 2018 and can only be used for the Australian campaign. We plan to roll out it more widely in the future.