A local student will be attempting to survive for a week on the same rations as a Syrian refugee in order to raise awareness of their plight and to help raise funds to buy vital food and supplies for them.
Between the 13 -19 of June, Fishers Pond resident Victoria Miller will join thousands of other volunteers who will only have 420g of rice, 170g of lentils, 85g of dried chickpeas, 120g of sardines, 400g of tinned kidney beans and 330ml of oil to live on for an entire week as part of the annual ‘Ration Challenge’ organised by the charity Concern Worldwide.
The UNHCR estimates that 6.6 million Syrians have been displaced since hostilities began in 2011 and a further 13.4 million people are in urgent need of aid and protection within Syria itself.
The former Wyvern and Barton Peveril student told Eastleigh News that she was motivated to take the challenge after learning, that more than 1 in 100 people around the world have been displaced from their homes by conflict or disaster.
“I started realising how it is only by chance that I have a roof over my head, don’t live in a warzone, and have enough food to eat. So many people lack the basic necessities to survive, let alone thrive.
Doing the ration challenge not only raises funds and spreads awareness for refugees around the world, but it will also allow me to get just a small glimpse into the daily lived experience of those who have been displaced by conflict or disaster and remind me to be grateful for the simple things that I normally take for granted, such as having plenty of food to eat.”
Victoria says that living off rations will be particularly challenging as she is a ‘massive foodie’ but hopes she can get through it with the support of her family.
So far Victoria has raised £98 towards her £250 target.
You can help her to help people who have lost everything through no fault of their own, by following this link: https://www.rationchallenge.org.uk/victoria-miller