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Eating like a refugee

In the last six months you have made a huge difference to survivors of conflict and disaster around the world. Thank you for your ongoing dedication, time, effort, and support.

During Refugee Week in June, 100 brave supporters helped us pilot the first ever Act for Peace Ration Challenge, raising an amazing $58,000.

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They took on the challenge of eating exactly the same rations as a Burmese refugee living in a camp on the Thai-Burma border. Just a small amount of rice, split peas, fortified flour, salt, oil, fish paste, and water. That’s it. No meat, veg, coffee, or alcohol!

“This challenge appealed to me to ‘walk in another’s shoes’ or eat like a refugee on rations. It was a compassionate and Christian way to help others in need. Novel too.” - Peter Hartley, whose family raised $1,710.

“It’s definitely been a worthwhile experience and I’m so proud of my family…the support we’ve received from people has been overwhelming” - Tim Wallis, whose family took part raising over $1,100.

“The challenge has certainly been just that. [It] will stay with me a long time. Eating rice with very little to flavour it for a week was tough, although I did enjoy drinking hot water! How fortunate we are to live comfortably and never have to worry about not having enough to eat” - Jenny Monger, whose family raised $2,275.

“The smell of cheese and veggie muffins cooking in the oven tonight just about killed me .... Who’d have thought preparing lunch box snacks for my kids would be so tough? Reminding myself how awful it would be not to be able to provide healthy food for my kids. How lucky we are.” - Bernie Bissett

We were blown away by the creativity and dedication of every single person who made the Ration Challenge their own. Thanks to generous sponsorship from friends and family, they raised a fantastic $58,000 to support refugees forced to flee by the conflict in Burma, who are now living in a refugee camp without the means to support themselves. This money will help make sure the refugees get the rations they need to survive, and provide tools and training to help them become more self-sufficient.

More ways to take action

Remember someone in need through the Christmas Bowl.

By giving a monthly gift, you can help bring safety, justice and dignity to people around the world who have fled from conflict and natural disasters.

Give a gift that will make a lasting difference.