The biggest humanitarian crisis of our time

The biggest humanitarian crisis of our time

After six years of conflict, more than 4.8 million people have fled and 6.1 million are displaced in Syria. They are people like us. Mums, dads, sons, daughters. They lived lives like us – as students, doctors, farmers, teachers, lawyers.

Millions of children have lost family members, their homes and witnessed violence. They are also missing out on many things that children need in order to grow – an education, interaction with other children and safe homes to return to.

Money raised this year will be used to fund the ongoing critical work in World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces in Jordan.

Facts on the crisis

470,000 have been killed


The Syrian refugee crisis is the greatest forced migration of people since World War II. It's the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time.

Over the past six years, around 1.9 million people have been wounded or permanently disabled. Neighbourhoods have been levelled, entire towns are now uninhabitable. The situation is ongoing and unpredictable.

8.2 million children are affected


Millions of children have experienced things that no child should. They have lost family members, their homes and witnessed violence.

Many refugee children have to work to support their families. Often they labour in dangerous or demeaning circumstances for little pay. Girls also are forced to marry as their parents fear for their daughter’s safety.

3.7 million children are out of school


Many of those who have fled across the border to Jordan have been out of school since the conflict began in 2011. The need to educate these children and help them heal is critical.

The decline in education for Syrian children has been the sharpest and most rapid in the history of the region. These kids are at risk of becoming a lost generation. 

Let’s show the world what happens when our generation is united

40 Hour Famine 2017: June 9-11

 What are Child Friendly Spaces?

What are Child Friendly Spaces?

Child Friendly Spaces are safe, supportive places where kids have access to arts, sports, education and counselling so they can start to recover from the trauma of war, and just be kids again. Children can;
Learn critical literacy and numeracy skills.

  • Be kids again in a fun place with sports, team and cultural activities.
  • Express their feelings through role-plays, dance and talking.
  • Find out important information about what is happening around them.
  • Be looked after while their parents or caregivers attend to daily activities.

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FAQs

  • What is the World Vision 40 Hour Famine?

    Every year since 1975, hundreds of thousands of young Kiwis have taken a stand through a 40 hour challenge to raise money for children living in poverty. Traditionally, this meant going without food. But over the years, people have become really creative, finding fun new challenges such as living in a box, doing 40 good deeds, and some have even gone as far as taking a 40 hour vow of silence. 

    So far, more than $77 million has been raised – helping to transform thousands of lives in over 40 countries. We’d love for you to join in.

  • When is this year’s 40 Hour Famine?

    The 2017 40 Hour Famine is officially taking place from 8pm, 9 June until midday, 11 June, but you can participate any time, choosing your own ‘Famine Challenge’ or fundraising event. 

  • How do I sign up for the 2017 40 Hour Famine online?

    Visit our Fundraise page to create an account and your fundraising profile.

  • What alternatives are there to the traditional 40 Hour ‘No-Food’ Challenge’?

    Want to choose another 40 Hour challenge? 

    We don’t mind! Give up technology, sleep in a box, wash cars, hold your own fundraiser, walk 40 kilometres. Be as creative as you like and do it in a group or on your own! 

    Most importantly it is about raising funds so we can help these kids - kids who are just like us - start to feel safe again in World Vision’s Child Friendly Spaces.

  • Why are we supporting the Syrian refugee crisis again in 2017?

    Over the past year, we’ve seen the situation in Syria deteriorate. Innocent children are suffering through no fault of their own. This situation is critical and ongoing and the need to support these children remains. 

    World Vision goes where we are needed most and stay as long as we’re needed.

  • Where’s the money from the 2017 World Vision 40 Hour Famine going?

    Due to the brutal and ongoing impact of the conflict - and the subsequent effect this has on the wellbeing of children and their access to education - we decided this year’s funds will be used to continue supporting our Child Friendly Spaces in refugee camps and informal settlements. 

    The impact of Child Friendly Spaces is three-fold; they provide immediate psychosocial support for children who are suffering the effects of severe trauma, they provide vital education to ensure these kids are set up for the future, and they bring families and communities together so we can provide other services and support where required.

  • What should I do with the money I've raised?

    Thank you for taking up a fundraising challenge and raising money for children affected by the refugee crisis; your donations will make a real difference to the lives of these children. 

    If you're part of a school/church/group:

    • If your sponsors have paid by credit card or internet banking online - nice work, we've already got your funds.
    • If you've collected any cash or cheque donations, give them to your 40 Hour Famine organiser, along with your sponsorship book and they will bank the money for you.
    • If you're the 40 Hour Famine organiser, use your group’s 2017 deposit book to bank your group's funds at any ANZ branch. Please ensure the bank scans your 40 Hour Famine deposit slip included with your sponsorship book or includes your group’s unique reference number so we can track payments and allocate funds to the correct group.
    • If you've lost your group's 2017 deposit book you can order another one by emailing your name and address to: faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz 
    • Group organisers – using the Freepost sticker provided, please send all completed sponsorship books back as soon as possible. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.
    • Thank you! 

    If you're not part of a school/church/group:
    • If your sponsors have paid by credit card or internet banking - nice work, we've already got your funds.
    • If you've collected any cash or cheque donations, deposit these at any ANZ branch using the deposit slip at the bottom of your sponsorship book.
    • If you don't have a sponsorship book, email your name and address to faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz to get your deposit details.
    • Send your completed sponsorship book back to World Vision New Zealand as soon as possible. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.
    • Thank you!

  • As a group organiser, how do I bank funds raised in the 40 Hour Famine?

    Thank you for taking on the role of group organiser. Our work wouldn't be possible without your hard work and dedication! 

    There are two easy options for banking your group's fundraising: 

    1. Transfer all money raised to World Vision's 40 Hour Famine account number: 06-0101-0323407-02. Don’t forget to include your unique reference number or school name. 
    2. Alternatively, use your 40 Hour Famine 2017 deposit book to bank your school/church/group's cash and cheque donations at any ANZ branch. Please ensure the bank includes your unique reference number so we can track and trace payments. If you've lost your 40 Hour Famine deposit book you can order another one by emailing your name and address to faminebooks@worldvision.org.nz
    It will take 48 hours for your money to show on your online fundraising profile if you have included your unique reference number.  

    All money needs to be banked as soon as possible Please return all other completed materials to World Vision using the Freepost sticker provided. Freepost Famine, World Vision New Zealand, Private Bag 92078, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1142.

  • Can more than one person sign up using the same email address?

    Yes! Sign up here.

  • Can I donate to a participant or a group online?

    Donating to a 40 Hour Famine participant or group online is easy! Search for their profile by name and follow the steps to donate via credit card. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes via email for donations over $5.

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