Can You Take up the Ration Challenge, 16-23 June?
Schoolchildren, parents and teachers are being invited to eat like a refugee during Refugee Week (16-23 June), get sponsored and raise much-needed funds to help children and families threatened by conflict and disaster around the world.
The Ration Challenge is a powerful and thought-provoking fundraising initiative that empowers Australians to stand in solidarity with those who are living as refugees in other countries. Those who register 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," said Karen McGrath, co-founder of Act for Peace, the humanitarian aid agency that initiated the Challenge.
The Ration Challenge was established in 2014 and since then has captured the hearts and minds of more than 40,000 people who have signed up to take part. 92 Australian 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.
"We received such a great response from schools last year, which showed that young Australians are prepared to do what it takes to help others in their time of need. This year we are hoping even more schools will come on board to continue to show refugees that we stand with them," said Karen.
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.
"We encourage all teachers, parents and children to get involved," added Karen McGrath.
Fundraising Good for Kids Mental and Emotional Development
Child psychologist, Lisa Ford from the Resilience Co., said that fundraising initiatives such as these are good for kids;
"Sitting in a classroom and learning about life in other countries is an important part of a child's education, but when a child steps out of their comfort zone and has a subjective experience, they move from being a passive learner to an active participant, which fosters deep understanding on a cognitive and emotional level."
Here, Lisa shares five key benefits of children participating in a fundraising initiative:
The Ration Challenge is open to schools, families, organisations and individuals. To register, visit: http://rationchallenge.org.au/schools. The Resilience Co is a child development consulting and education service. For further information, visit: https://www.theresilienceco.com/