Stand up to the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time

More than 32 million children around the world have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict.

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What conflict has taken away, you can help give back.

Can you imagine being forced to flee your home in search of safety? Leaving behind everything you've ever known to face an uncertain future?

This is the reality for millions of people around the world. Every minute, 24 people become displaced.

When you take up this year's 40 Hour Famine, you'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children.

40 Hour Famine backpack challenge weekend
40 Hour Famine
weekend

August 11-13, 2017

This year's 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge will test your resilience. You'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. Pack the essentials - food, water, warm clothes; whatever you think you'll need to get through.

World Vision
masterclass

Coming in May

Learn from World Vision experts about forced migration and displacement, hear from people who have lived through these tragedies and find out what role you can play.

World Vision
youth conference

Coming early June

Back by popular demand, the World Vision Youth Conferences will inspire and empower the next generation to tackle the biggest issues facing humanity. You can attend in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane or watch the live stream anywhere across the country.

Millions have been forced to flee in search of safety

This year's 40 Hour Famine will support work in two different areas heavily affected by the crisis. The funds you raise will help provide food, water, blankets, tarps, temporary shelter and safe spaces for some of the world's most vulnerable children.

SyriaMore than five million children have been displaced in Syria or have fled the country.

Syria

Many have lost family members and witnessed or experienced unspeakable violence. An entire generation of children is missing out on the chance to go to school and live in the safety and security of their own homes.

South sudanMore than 850,000 children have been forced to leave their homes due to conflict.

South Sudan

This has resulted in large-scale hunger and emotional distress. It has also increased the risk of children being separated from their parents, which increases their vulnerability to exploitation and abuse.

Frequently Asked Questions

Now in its 42nd year, the 40 Hour Famine remains one of Australia's largest youth events. For 40 hours participants go without something important, raising much-needed awareness and funds for World Vision's work to address poverty and hunger.

Through this year's 40 Hour Famine, you'll be supporting the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time - the refugee and displaced persons crisis. Globally, more than 32.5 million children have been forced out of their homes due to conflict.

When you take part, you'll commit to living out of your backpack for 40 hours to raise funds for refugee and displaced children. This experience will help you understand what it's like for these children to leave everything behind, even if just for a weekend.

Since 1975, the 40 Hour Famine has raised over $200 million to support projects across 26 countries. In the past eight years alone, more than two million people have benefited from the sacrifices of young Australians like you. Food has been the traditional choice for participants to go without, however many others have gone without technology, furniture, talking or even the use of a limb.

The 40 Hour Famine Backpack Challenge lets us experience walking in the shoes of children who've had to leave home with only the things they can carry - children who we're supporting through this year's 40 Hour Famine.

But of course it's all about raising money to help some of the world's most vulnerable children, so how you do that is up to you. You could give up food or technology, sleep in a box, wash cars, hold your own fundraiser, walk 40 kilometres - the choice is yours! Be as creative as you like and do it in a group or on your own.

This year's 40 Hour Famine will support work in two different areas heavily affected by the crisis - Syria and South Sudan (and surrounding countries).

The funds you raise will help provide food, water, blankets, tarps and temporary shelter for some of the world’s most vulnerable children, as well as safe spaces where they can learn, play and be kids again.

You can register here and we'll keep you posted on the latest 40 Hour Famine news, updates and events. We'll also let you know when it's time to activate your fundraising page.

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