The Challenge

During Refugee Week, 16-23 June 2019, you’ll be eating and drinking the same as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan, based on food packs distributed by the Ration Challenge’s local partner organisation. 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. As soon as you’ve signed up, we’ll send you your ration pack and welcome pack.

Live on rations

Eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan during Refugee Week (16-23 June). That means just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, 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

Refugees are resourceful people who do their best to find different ways to provide for their families.

The Ration Challenge’s local partner organisation runs training courses to teach vulnerable women how to start a small business, helping to supplement their rations.

We can’t reflect the process of you starting your own business 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, illustrative of refugee families that join small business programs or find ways to buy extra food. 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 work

Keen to get others involved? Why not get your organisation involved in the Ration Challenge? It’s an opportunity for you and your colleagues to learn about and debate an important global issue, increase employee engagement and morale – and gain some sense of the hardship faced by refugees through direct experience. And of course, you’ll be making an incredible difference to refugees.

> Start a work team today.

Resources and support

Thinking about stepping up to the Challenge? Good on you! We’ll provide you with support every step of the way – including:

A handy toolkit and online fundraising page
Once you’ve signed up, we’ll send you everything you need to take part, including a food ration pack and welcome pack. Plus we’ll give you access to the Ration Challenge fundraising hub, which includes your own online fundraising page.

Practical meal plan and recipes
You’ll receive a recipe book in your welcome pack, plus you’ll be able to download a number of great resources from the fundraising hub to support you in your Challenge – including our essential meal plan, recipes and posters.

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, with more and more refugees arriving every day, life is hard and very expensive. They mainly depend on coupons and packages distributed by the Ration Challenge’s local partner organisation.

Fatima has now been trained as a volunteer to help with food distribution and to educate others on how to distribute aid safely and fairly. It’s a role she performs with empathy and understanding.

“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.”