Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign

Ethiopia 2013, Dollo Ado, Refugees

For every LED light bulb sold in IKEA stores between February 3 and March 29, 2014, the IKEA Foundation will donate €1 to UNHCR to light refugee camps—making them a safer, more humane place for the many families who live there.

Refugee camps can be dark places. Literally.

Every year, millions of children and their families are forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict or natural disaster. These refugees find safety and shelter in the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) camps.

Today, there are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world—around half of whom are children. The lack of light in many camps can have a devastating effect on the refugees’ safety, education prospects and income. Without light, the day stops at sundown.

The loss of daylight means that even simple activities like using the toilet, collecting water or returning to the shelter can become dangerous, particularly for women and girls.

A bright idea for a good cause

For every LEDARE light bulb sold during the campaign period, the IKEA Foundation will donate Є1 to UNHCR. The funds will help improve access to lighting, renewable energy and primary education in refugee camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Help us light up refugee camps, and you will be helping millions of children have hope for a better future.

What a difference a little light can make

Providing sustainable lighting can have a huge effect on the quality of life in a refugee camp:

• Solar street lights can improve safety in refugee camps by reducing the risk of crime, including sexual and gender-based violence.

• Solar lanterns help children study after dark, improving results in school.

• Solar street lights enable people to have more community gatherings and social activities.

• Solar lanterns allow refugees to continue important income-generating activities, such as weaving or sewing, long after the sun goes down.

• Solar lanterns enable refugees to run their small shops and kiosks into the evening so they can earn a sustainable income.

Find out more about how we help refugee children

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Partners

UNHCR
Save the children
UNICEF
UNDP
Half the Sky Movement
Astrid Lindgren's Hospital
Gapminder
Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre
Lila Poonawalla Foundation
Lund University Hospital
Refugees United
The Earth Institute
Refugee Housing
KickStart
CHAI