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Four months on: the impact of your Ration Challenge support
It’s hard to believe that four months have passed since 2,800 people across the UK lived on refugee rations for a week as part of this year’s Ration Challenge. Together, you helped raise an amazing £1 million.
That money is already making a life-changing difference. As well as contributing to Concern’s work with vulnerable communities around the world, it has helped us to support hundreds of Syrian refugee families living in Jordan – to improve their health and wellbeing.
Vital food packs
Your Ration Challenge support has so far enabled our local programme partner in Jordan to provide 1,000 vital food packs – made up of flour, rice, oil, beans, lentils, chickpeas and more – to refugee families. Each pack contains a two-week supply for a family of six. That's thousands of people – mums, dads, grandads, grandmas and children – who have received essential supplies to see them through difficult times.
Of course, the ration packs are much more than food. They also provide hope and reassurance that people who are refugees are not forgotten, and that there are people around the world who care about what happens to them.
Safe spaces for children
Many of the children and young people living in refugee settlements in Jordan have experienced trauma - from violence, fear and loss - that no child should ever be exposed to.
One of the services supported by the Ration Challenge is a children's forum that provides a safe space for refugee children and teenagers to get together, learn and have fun. Through a wide variety of activities, they are given support, learn vital life skills - and of course, have the opportunity to just be kids and have fun with other children in their community, in a safe and protected environment.
Women who are refugees face many unique challenges, and the added impact of Covid-19 has made their circumstances even more difficult.
Our local partner's protection and health programmes in Jordan are helping to support Syrian women refugees - providing livelihoods training and access to specialist support, including maternal health, parenthood, mental health and gender-based violence.
If you took part in this year’s Ration Challenge by living on refugee rations for the week or sponsoring someone, a huge thank you from all of us. You have enabled us to provide vital support to people who need it most.
Ration Challenge will be back in June 2022
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