Thanks to IKEA co-workers and customers who took part in the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the IKEA Foundation will donate a remarkable Є7.7 million to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign ran in IKEA stores in February and March. For every LEDARE (LED light bulb) purchased during the campaign, the IKEA Foundation will donate Є1 to UNHCR.
The donation will help UNHCR bring sustainable lighting and energy to over 350,000 children and families living in refugee camps in Ethiopia, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan. UNHCR will provide camps with solar street lights, indoor solar lanterns and other renewable-energy technologies, such as fuel-efficient cooking stoves.
The campaign will also fund improved primary education.
The difference a light makes
Nearly 10.5 million people around the world are refugees. Around half of them are children.
Some refugees have no choice but to live in camps, where the lack of light after sunset can have a devastating effect on safety and security. Simple activities—such as visiting the toilet, collecting water, or returning to the shelter from elsewhere—can become difficult and dangerous, particularly for women and girls.
The improvements funded by the campaign will help make each refugee camp a safer, more suitable home for refugee children and their families. For example, just one solar street light can benefit up to 300 people, making it safer to walk around after dark. One solar lantern can help a family share a meal or enable children to complete their homework after dark.
Thank you from the UN Refugee Agency
António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said: “The lack of access to lighting and energy has a serious impact on the safety, security and education of millions of refugees worldwide, especially women and children. We thank IKEA customers and employees for making such a meaningful contribution to bringing light and energy to the most vulnerable people on Earth.”
The IKEA Foundation has partnered with UNHCR since 2010, helping provide shelter, care and education to families and children within refugee camps and surrounding communities.
This was the first year the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign ran.
Find out more about the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign