Six years ago today, the Syrian conflict began and forced millions of children and their families from their homes.

The children of Syria certainly didn't start the war, but arguably they're the generation that has suffered the most. This year for the #40HFNZ we're raising money for Syrian children again, because if not us, then who?

Save the date: 9-11 June 2017.
Today, we're excited to celebrate the UN World Day of Social Justice!

Every year since 1975, hundreds of thousands of Kiwis have fought for social justice with the 40 Hour Famine. We asked 6 of our Youth Ambassadors what social justice means to them:

What does Social Justice mean to you?
“We can’t just study history, we gotta make history!”

Some back-to-school inspiration from one of our favourites: Kid President.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela

It’s the beginning of term 1 tomorrow - have fun on your first day back! When you pack your bag, know that hundreds of Syrian children now have the opportunity to attend Child Friendly Spaces - a chance to learn, play and be kids again. All thanks to the money you raised with the #40HFNZ!
Three years ago, you raised an incredible $2.1 million for Malawi! Since then, schools around the country are building mini-gardens so students can pick their favourite vegetables and eat them with their lunch.

Thanks to you, none of these students have to learn on an empty stomach - we think that's something to celebrate. #PowerOf40 #40HFNZ
Three of our Youth Ambassadors Pio, Julia and Miranda are travelling to Jordan to see how your 2016 #40HFNZ funds are making a difference for Syrian children and their families!

Right now, they have a 25-hour journey ahead of them. Stay tuned to hear about their trip and what they get up to!
This year, the 40 Hour Famine is going to be bigger than ever. We can't wait for you to join us.
New Zealand, thank you for giving it your all during the #40HFNZ this year.

From the World Vision whānau to yours, Merry Christmas!
This year World Vision Youth Ambassador Jay Adams visited Jordan where he met Syrian refugee families forced from their homes by the war. Writing for The Spinoff he responded to Kiwi author Alan Duff's argument that "Aleppo is not our problem."

"I have heard first-hand stories of the atrocities Syrians have witnessed. Duff’s appalling comments are an insult to New Zealanders’ tradition of...
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When Alan Duff sneers that Aleppo is 'not our problem', he does not speak for me
After nearly six devastating years of fighting in Syria, the suffering is beyond belief. Innocent civilians are the greatest victims in Aleppo.

“Only world leaders hold the key to true long-term change, but even during this dark chapter of Aleppo’s history, they continue to watch from the sidelines. We need lasting peace. The people of Syria need and deserve this,” says Christine Latif, World...
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Time for a movie night with the squad! Load up your Netflix and watch these acclaimed documentaries that will inspire you to keep on making a difference:

6 Documentaries to watch after exams
Ready to do it all again next year?

Let’s make next year’s #40HFNZ even bigger! Lock in the 2017 dates now and continue to help children affected by the Refugee Crisis and let kids be kids again.
New Zealand, you did it. 90,000 of you banded together to make a difference and this year for the #40HFNZ you raised a whopping $1.8 MILLION for children affected by the Syrian Refugee Crisis!

Even better news, the New Zealand Government is contributing an extra $1.6 million to make sure children and their families in Syria are reached with life-saving aid.

If that's not something to...
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Actor Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones, and our friend Hussam have seen how Child-Friendly Spaces work in Jordan and they just wanted to thank Kiwis, like you, who have raised money for Syrian children through the #40HFNZ.

Give yourselves a pat on the back.