I used to have a housemate who loved sardines. She would eat those slimy little suckers straight from the tin while sitting on the lounge watching SBS.
I used to leave the room before she opened the tin.
To be honest, I’ve actually never eaten sardines before in my life but the whole idea of them revolts me for some reason. That said, after a few days of surviving on rice, flour, vegetable oil and a few lentils, I suspect I’ll be hanging out for their oily, fishy goodness.
From 19-25 June 2016 I’ll be taking the Act for Peace Ration Challenge to raise money to feed Syrian refugees in Jordan. For a whole week I’ll be eating the same rations that a refugee in Jordan eats. I won’t starve to death, but I expect to be very hungry. And my taste buds may shrivel up and die of boredom.
The basic rations for Syrian refugees
The basic ration kit arrived in the mail a while back looking like this:
The two ‘food coupons’ for rice and flour are similar to what refugees are given by the UN or other NGOs to supplement their ration kit.
I took them into Coles and, strangely enough, they made me pay actual cash money as well. How rude!
To maximise the likelihood that I won’t be so hungry, I opted for wholemeal self-raising flour and brown rice mixed in with white rice. I’m not sure I can handle the heaviness of all-brown, though I may regret that decision at some point during next week! Here’s what the extra coupons ‘bought’ me:
And that’s it for a whole week. No sugar, no coffee, no alcohol. Unless I ‘earn’ it. That’s where you guys come in.
How refugees earn extra food in the camps
Refugees aren’t legally allowed to work in Jordan so they’re entirely dependent on rations. Having said that, us humans are resourceful and will find ways to earn extra food for our families. One way of doing this is to make handicrafts and sell them at the local markets.
Fortunately, as crafts are not exactly my strength, Act for Peace has found another way of mimicking this experience for Ration Challenge – the ‘Rewards’ system.
How I earn extra food in the Ration Challenge
It’s pretty simple. You sponsor me, I get to eat more! So please, be generous! Click here to sponsor me now.
So far I’ve earned:
- 70g of milk powder – for creating a team with Em Toxward over at Have a Laugh on Me
- a spice or flavouring (I chose chicken stock) – for sponsoring myself
- 8 teabags – for raising more than $200 so far (thank you!)
I’d really love to earn some more rewards so I’d be very grateful if you could help me out by clicking here to sponsor me, or sharing this post with your friends if you’re all out of spare cash at the moment.
What else I can earn:
- at $300 – 170g of extra veggies
- at $500 – 70g of extra protein
- at $700 – 50g of sugar
- at $1000 – anything I want up to the value of $5 (I’m really hoping Cadbury family blocks are on special if that happens!).
What your money will be spent on
The funds raised by the Ration Challenge will be used by Act for Peace to help refugees around the world – from Syria, Burma, Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and more.
Right now there are around 59.5 million people across the globe who have been forcibly displaced from their homes. Every donation helps:
- $558 could provide food rations for two Syrian refugees for an entire year
- $842 could feed a family of 6 for 6 months
- $1,152 could pay for a training course to help refugee women start their own business and gain independence.
Do you like sardines? Got any recipe suggestions for me?