Renewable Energy

Refugees’ lives will get brighter, thanks to you

Today the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign returns to raise millions of euros for refugees living around the world.

For every LED light bulb purchased in IKEA stores in February and March, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to help the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) light refugee camps—making them a safer, more suitable place for the many families who live there.

How the campaign helps refugees

Today there are almost 13 million refugees under UNHCR’s care, half of whom are children. Refugee camps can be extremely dark places, so livelihood, social and educational activities usually stop after sundown. Thanks to the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, many families now have lighting and energy solutions.

Part of the funds from last year’s campaign have been used to help over 11,000 Syrian refugees living in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, by providing families with a solar-powered lantern, so families can carry on with their everyday activities. Solar lanterns allow girls and boys to study after dark, helping them with their education and progress in school. Lanterns and solar street lights mean that adults can continue working and communities can have social gatherings after sunset.

The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign launched for the first time in 2014, with IKEA co-workers and customers helping raise a remarkable €7.7 million.

This year, the IKEA Foundation hopes the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign will raise even more money so they can help thousands more refugees lead a better everyday life.

Find out more about the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign

See how the IKEA Foundation helps refugee families