WHAT IS IT?
The Ration Challenge is a cause created by Act For Peace, to raise money and create awareness for people threatened by conflict and disaster. In particular Syrian refugees that are living in camps throughout Jordan. So far, $168,334 has been raised in the name of the 2017 challenge.This is enough to feed 584 refugees for one year!
Did you know… In October 2016, The Jordan Times reported that the country had taken in 2.7 million refugees. And refugees continue to cross the border into Jordan every day. (click here for the full article)
The challenge is for participants to limit themselves to eating the same rationed amount of food as Syrian refugee’s. The Ration Challenge is set to take place during Refugee Week (18-25 June) and participants are to only eat food rations for 7 days.
1 weeks rations include:
Dried Chick Peas 85g
Tinned sardines 125g
Tinned kidney beans 400g
Vegetable Oil 300ml
That’s it. No red meat, no coffee, and no alcohol!
WHY AM I DOING IT?
The Syrian refugee situation is a cause that is close to my heart. Here’s my story.
2011 was the year that the war began in Syria, it was also the year that I married my Jordanian husband. In 2012, we relocated to live in Jordan with my husband’s parents in Ramtha. A village on the northern Jordanian border, just a few kilometres from Syria.
My husband, the man that had grown up in Ramtha was speechless by how much his village had changed in such a short period of time. The sheer growth in the village’s population was the first shock. Secondly, was the visible strain on the village’s resources.
Families that had fled Syria created tent cities in empty fields, uninhibited plots of land and even along the sides of the road. Looking out over Ramtha from the balcony of my in-laws home I would count the white UNHCR tents scattered around the village. Young Syrian children, dirty, with no shoes and torn clothing would go through bins and rubbish on the side of the road looking for food and items that could be reused. In the market, I would see mothers with newborn babies and children that were clearly ill trying to negotiate the price of medicine. And that was just what my eyes saw.
My ears heard countless heartbreaking stories of people losing loved ones to the war. I also heard stories reflecting on happy childhoods and memories that were made in Syria, before the fighting started. But one of the most confronting things my ears heard was the sounds of bombs exploding almost daily, machine guns firing through the night and fighter jets passing overhead.
I took this photo with my phone from the rooftop of my inlaws home.
Those 2 plumes of smoke indicate where 2 bombs had just exploded.
I am lucky, I am not a refugee. My home and family are safe. I have access to practically unlimited food, clean water and medicine. And that is why I want to take part in this Ration Challenge. To help in the best way I can.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Financial support is vital to provide necessities to refugees.
If you can, please donate via my Ration Challenge page by clicking here. You can donate from anywhere in the world.
Every donation counts towards providing food and other much needed necessities to refugees. Please give what you can.
If you are not in a position to contribute financially you can still help. Sign up and participate in the Ration Challenge by living on rations during Refugee Week and raise funds. Contact me if you need help with signing up.
And talk. Talk about the refugee cause. Raise awareness about their hardships, their stories and challenges. Refugees didn’t choose to become displaced, they didn’t want to flee their countries and homes or be separated from their friends and loved ones.
Act for Peace is a member of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which commits international aid and development organisations to good standards of governance, transparency, accountability and effectiveness.
Act for Peace is a member of the ACT Alliance. a global network of grass-roots aid organisations working together in over 140 countries. Together we mobilise about $1.5 billion each year to create positive and sustainable change in the lives of poor and marginalised people regardless of their religion, politics. gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality in keeping with the highest international codes and standards. – See more at: https://actforpeace.rationchallenge.org.au/fundraisers/breharnealzoubi#sthash.ImY6Nb5T.dpuf