UNHCR + IKEA Foundation = True

We arrived Monday lunch time to UNCHR head quarters in Geneva, to get a presentation of UNCHR and IKEA Foundation linked to our Brighter Life for Refugees campaign and what difference that makes.

This year there have been more people than before that has been forced to leave there homes. 51 200 000 persons.

The fantastic thing we learned is that within 72 hours UNHCR can mobilize over 300 trained staff to support up to 600 000 people in an emergency.

A screen showing the many refugee interventions that UNHCR is dealing with
A screen showing the many refugee interventions that UNHCR is dealing with

We asked what the the biggest challenge was when it comes to the refugees and that was to make the arrival safe for the new refugees.

In refugee camps more than 50% are under 18 years, 86 % of them are hosted in developing countries.  And 17 years are the average time you spend in a camp. UNHCR takes full responsible for peoples lifes until they are consider safely settled.

The Brighter Life for Refugees made it possible for UNHCR to hire 2 engineers for researching what type of renewable energy that are needed in different camps. The campaign effected Jordan, Chad, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Sudan in 2015.

Goods that UNHCR typically distributes during a refugee crisis
Goods that UNHCR typically distributes during a refugee crisisGoods that UNHCR typically distributes during a refugee crisis

We new beforehand that the money would go to lightning in the camps and in the tents, but it also went to developing other solutions such as energy, education and helping refugee with their small business. In the beginning you just lit the important ares such as mosques, schools and soccer field, but lightning those you made a bigger risk for the people going to thees places, so now they have made lights along the way.

It was chocking to find out the numbers of refugees in the world. And striking to see the different between the camps.

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