Fundraiser lets students step into shoes of another
The Ration Challenge is a powerful and thought-provoking fundraising initiative that empowers Australian students to stand in solidarity with children who are living as refugees in other countries.
Every student registered by their teacher will receive a ration pack in the mail, containing the same rations, in the same quantities, as those distributed to Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan – just a small amount of rice, beans, chickpeas, lentils, fish, oil and flour.
“By eating what a refugee eats, children are stepping into the shoes of another person in another country, and experiencing just one of the many struggles that refugees face on a daily basis,” says Karen McGrath, co-founder of Act for Peace, the humanitarian aid agency that initiated the Challenge.
Nearly 100 schools signed up for the schools program when it piloted for the first time last year, and teachers and students raised more than $315,000.
School teacher Chris Goodman said: “The Ration Challenge is a wonderful way for children to learn about the wider world, not just the bubble they may be living in their own suburb or community.”
The money raised from the Ration Challenge will go towards helping refugees to receive the food, medicine and support they need to re-build their lives, and support other conflict and disaster affected families around the world.
To register, visit rationchallenge.org.au/schools