More than 25,000 Australians have taken part in the challenge over the last four years, raising $5.9 million – enough to feed over 22,000 refugees for a year.

This year, the Italian Network of Melbourne (NOMIT), will rise to the challenge going by the name of Team Nomit.

During the week, participants will eat the same as a Syrian refugee living in a camp in Jordan.

Provided by the organisation, this weekly menu consists of a small amount of rice, flour, lentils, chickpeas, beans, fish (vegetarians and vegans can use an alternative) and oil.

No red meat, no coffee and definitely no alcohol.

Participants can also earn rewards based on how much money they manage to raise.

These rewards may come in the form of a spice or flavouring to add to the rice, a fresh vegetable, or a cup of tea.

The money raised during the week will provide food, medicine and education to Syrian refugees and support other communities around the world threatened by conflict and disaster. 

Right now, there are around 65.5 million refugees and displaced people around the world, according to the UNHCR.

That’s more than at any time since World War II.

That number is growing at a startling rate and every single day, 28,000 more people are forced to flee their homes because of conflict, persecution and natural disasters.

Currently, the ongoing conflict in Syria has caused the displacement of more than 6 million people within the country and forced 5.4 million from its borders.

It’s an unprecedented humanitarian crisis that we can respond to through initiatives such as the Ration Challenge.

One week of personal sacrifice could change many lives.

Follow the link to donate to Team Nomit. For more information about the Ration Challenge or to participate, visit Act for Peace’s website.