Take the
Ration Challenge

… and show refugees we’re with
them, not against them.

How it works

Become a Ration Challenger: sign up now to join the Ration Challenge community. We’ll send you your food ration pack and welcome pack.

Live on rations: eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan for one week during the week of World Refugee Day (June 16-23)

Raise money and awareness: raise vital funds to provide refugees with food, healthcare and education. Share your experience to raise awareness for this important issue.

Are you up for the challenge?

Eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee for a week around World Refugee Day – just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil – and get sponsored to do it. The money you raise will provide food, medicine and education for refugees; and support the ongoing work of CWS to help vulnerable people rebuild their lives in safety.

The Ration Challenge has launched!

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Posted by CWS on Thursday, 11 April 2019

Living on 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. Your ration pack will contain the same food that is distributed to refugees. You may be shocked – it’s not much for a week!

Just a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish and oil. And only water to drink. That’s it!

Are you vegetarian or vegan? No problem – we’ll remove the sardines from your pack and you can eat an alternative protein like tofu.

If you work hard on your fundraising, you’ll be able to ‘earn’ extra ingredients – for example, a spice or flavoring or a fresh vegetable of your choice – to add to your ration pack.

So the friends, families and colleagues who are willing to sponsor you will be playing a crucial role in helping you make it through the week, as well as providing vital funds to support refugees.

Ready to get involved? Join us now!

“Taking part in the Ration Challenge was a chance to be part of something bigger than myself.

I felt that I could finally be part of a community taking action against an injustice that I often feel helpless about and show refugees we’re with them, not against them.”

Key questions answered

What if I’m a vegetarian or vegan?
You can still participate! Everything in the ration pack is suitable for vegans and vegetarians except the sardines. When you register, we’ll give you the option to have your sardines removed from your pack. You can replace the sardines with the same weight of tofu, or other alternative of your choice.

When does the Ration Challenge take place?
The Ration Challenge is held in the week of World Refugee Day, from Sunday June 16 – Sunday June 23, 2019. However, if you’re busy in that week due to work, school or family commitments, you can choose to do the Challenge at another time.

Can I take part with my workplace?
Yes! We’d love to support you and your colleagues in taking the Challenge. Sign up a team today and get in touch so we can support you in taking part at your work.

More questions? See our FAQs

Challenger chat

“Two weeks out from the Challenge, I watched the live Facebook feed of a food ration distribution in Jordan. I was blown away by how quickly my fundraising reached refugees.”

“As a former refugee, I feel very fortunate that I can now choose to take part in the Ration Challenge from a place of security because I remember being in this situation before, where food was only one of the many issues I was dealing with to survive.”

“Eye-opening, challenging and important. Doing the Challenge raised awareness of refugees and what they go through among my colleagues, family and friends.”