Fifteen year-old Mina Angus and her family, who live near Woodborough, spent last week on refugee rations. They were participating in Concern Worldwide’s Ration Challenge to raise money to support refugees. Concern Worldwide is an international humanitarian organisation that supports refugees and strives for a world free from poverty, fear and oppression.
The Ration Challenge asks participants to eat the same rations for a week as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan and to raise money from sponsorship at the same time. The aim of the Ration Challenge is to raise awareness of the plight of refugees.
Mina, who persuaded the rest of her family to join the Challenge, told Marlborough.news, “Taking part in the Ration Challenge really makes you understand and empathize with refugees. I felt very hungry and had cravings for fresh fruit and vegetables. The food rations are very basic and bland and I struggled not being able to drink tea, only water. My mum really struggled without coffee for the week. The small portions left me lacking in energy and feeling very tired.
Breakfast was pancakes made with flour and water, lunch was a bowl of rice and dinner was lentils with either chickpeas or kidney beans.”
As a result of the pandemic there has been a disruption to International Aid and as a result many more will face devastating hunger. The money raised from the Ration Challenge will help bring emergency food, hygiene kits and life-saving support to the people who need it most.
So far the Angus family have raised £1,400. If you would like to support them go to their Ration Challenge fundraising page here.
If you would like to participate in your own Ration Challenge click here to sign up