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Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign

IKEA-donated Solar lights turn as night falls throughout in Azraq Refugee Camp, Al Azraq, Jordan.

Between November 29 and December 19, for every lamp or light bulb sold in all IKEA stores and online, the IKEA Foundation will donate Є1 to help UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, provide light and energy from renewable sources to refugee camps, making them a safer, more suitable 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 UNHCR camps.

Today, there are 19.5 million refugees globally, half of whom are children. While war and persecution are the leading causes forcing people to flee, UNHCR is also increasingly concerned about climate change and related problems that cause displacement, including natural disasters such as droughts and floods, and the scarcity of natural resources.

“Sadly, the escalating refugee crisis caused by protracted conflict situations around the world does not seem likely to calm down any time soon,” explained Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation. “And lesser-known factors such as climate change-induced natural disasters could force even more people to flee for a safe place to call home.”


A bright idea for a good cause

For every lamp or 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.


How customers and co-workers have helped so far

The Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign started in 2014, and this year sees its final phase. So far, thanks to the IKEA customers and co-workers who have taken part in the campaign:

  • Over 284,000 refugees and members of host communities in Ethiopia and Jordan are able to live in greater safety at night, thanks to the provision of more than 56,000 solar lanterns and the installation of 720 solar street lights.
  • Over 37,000 refugee children have been enrolled in primary school in Bangladesh, Chad and Ethiopia, allowing them to continue with their education. In addition, more than 740 teachers have been trained in those countries.
  • Twenty-two biogas plants have been constructed in Bangladesh, allowing for 15% of human waste to be processed and generating green fuel for cooking.

Find out more about how we help refugee children



Save the children
Half the Sky Movement
Lila Poonawalla Foundation
Refugees United
The Earth Institute
Refugee Housing
War Child
Right to Play
Forrest Trends