The IKEA Foundation believes all children have the right to learn and play, but when young children are caught up in conflicts or emergencies, the opportunity to just be a child can be lost. This is why we donate IKEA products and provide financial support for humanitarian relief efforts. Later, we can contribute financially to projects addressing the longer-term reconstruction and rehabilitation work after disasters such as earthquakes, flooding and cyclones.
UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development kits equipped with IKEA products
Helping children to thrive through a crisis, UNICEF's Early Childhood Development Kits provide a treasure box of activities for learning and play. As an addition to basic services, the kit opens up opportunities to stimulate emotional and physical well-being, whilst restoring a sense of normalcy for young children.
UNICEF’s ECD kit was created to strengthen the response for young children caught in conflict or emergencies. It aims to focus attention to the needs of young children in humanitarian and conflict related emergencies and to support the development of play and learning under extreme conditions. The kit contains materials to help caregivers create a safe learning environment for up to 50 young children ages 0-6. Each item was carefully selected to help develop skills for thinking, speaking, feeling and interacting with others. Contents include: puzzles and games; counting circle and boxes to stack and sort; board books and puppets for storytelling; art supplies; soaps and water containers for promoting hygiene.
Supporting UNICEF’s Early Development Kits will help ensure 1.2 million children caught in disasters will have more opportunities for a better start in life.
Donating IKEA products for emergency relief
In addition to the ECD Kits the IKEA Foundation regularly donates IKEA products such as baby blankets, quilts, mattresses, pillows and solar lamps to our partners after disasters and conflicts.
The most recent donation was to children and families living in refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Uganda and infants visiting hospitals and health centres in Syria.
110,000 baby blankets were donated to UNICEF to provide emergency relief in Syria, Jordan and Uganda and 50,000 mattresses we donated to UNHCR to distribute in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon to refugees from Syria.
Providing financial support in emergency situations
The IKEA Foundation also provides financial support to our partners to enable them to provide emergency relief, where needed the most.
The most recent cash donation was a grant of Euro 2,9 million to Médecins Sans Frontières to implement emergency activities and provide life saving assistance to the Syrian people, effected by the ongoing conflict.