FAQS

We’re here to help! We hope these FAQs cover everything you need to know, but if you have any other questions please contact us at 888-297-2767 or send us an email at info@cwsglobal.org

General FAQs

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 pack contains: rice – 15oz, lentils – 6oz , dried chickpeas – 3oz, canned sardines – 3.75oz, canned kidney beans – 15.5oz, vegetable oil – 12oz.

As well as the food in your ration pack, you’ll also find two food ‘coupons’ for additional rice and flour. They’re representative of the coupons many refugees are given by the UN or other organizations that can be exchanged in local shops for essential staple foods, such as rice and flour. To recreate your refugee experience, you’ll need to buy an additional 3lbs 3oz of rice and 14oz of plain flour and add these to your week’s rations.

How do I receive my food ration pack?

All you have to do is sign up and we’ll send your ration pack straight to you. You’ll also get sent a welcome pack that includes a Ration Challenge Guide and recipe book.

Is there a vegetarian/vegan ration pack?

Yes! 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 then replace the sardines with 3.75oz 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 ongoing work of CWS to help vulnerable people rebuild their lives in safety.

In the last financial year, 83.9% of CWS’s global expenditure went directly to CWS’s services for displaced people, global relief and development, and emergency response.

Around 6.6% was invested to raise even more funds, 4.8% was spent on essential running costs such as organizational management and 4.7% was spent on advocacy efforts.

When is the Ration Challenge in 2019?

The Ration Challenge is held in the week of World Refugee Day, from Sunday June 16 – Sunday June 23, 2019. You start the Challenge when you wake up on the morning of Sunday June 16 and finish when you wake up on Sunday June 23 (not Saturday night).

I’m busy June 16-23. 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 7 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 $35 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 can I track the shipment of my Ration Pack?

We’ll send you a Ration Pack when you sign up. Most packs will arrive within 2 weeks (excluding remote areas). You should also receive an email with a tracking code for your pack (make sure to check your junk email). If it has been longer than 2 weeks, please contact us and we can check to see what has happened.

How much of the money goes to refugees?

Around 30% of the net proceeds of the Ration Challenge will go directly to Syrian refugees living in Jordan, providing food rations, healthcare and education; the remainder will support the ongoing work of CWS to help vulnerable people rebuild their lives in safety.

In the last financial year, 83.9% of CWS’s global expenditure went directly to CWS’s services for displaced people, global relief and development, and emergency response.

Around 6.6% was invested to raise even more funds, 4.8% was spent on essential running costs such as organizational management and 4.7% was spent on advocacy efforts.

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 calories/person/day. This does not meet the Sphere Minimum Standard (an initiative set up by a coalition of organizations including CWS) of 2,100 calories/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 a school or family organized activity, fully supervised by a teacher, parent or guardian (they’ll need to register on your behalf).

Please get in touch by sending an email to info@cwsglobal.org or call us at 888-297-2767 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 can I contact the team to get more support?

Have another question for us?

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