June 20, 2017
For two and a half years, Azraq refugee camp in Jordan had no electricity. In winter, the 54,000 Syrian refugees here lived in complete darkness for nearly half the day. Families had a small solar lantern to study or work by, but its light would die after a few hours. In summer, when temperatures soar to 40 degrees Centigrade in the shade, food spoiled almost immediately, forcing families to walk several kilometres to the market in the scorching heat every day. Read more
June 7, 2017
In late May, fighting broke out in the southern Philippines between government forces and a local armed group. Thousands of civilians fled for their lives, and more than 50% of the population in Marawi has been evacuated from the city. The ongoing conflict in Marawi City has left children displaced, homeless and very vulnerable. Read more
Azraq-solar-plant
May 17, 2017
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on today the newly constructed solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. The solar plant, which cost 8.75 million euros, has been entirely funded by the IKEA Foundation through the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign that raised 30.8 million euro for UNHCR projects. Read more
global warming
April 22, 2017
On Earth Day, the IKEA Foundation is announcing its support for a new global design competition—the Climate Action Challenge. We’re teaming up with Amsterdam-based design platform What Design Can Do and the Autodesk Foundation to run the challenge, which calls on designers and creative thinkers to find inspirational and practical ways to fight climate change and help people cope with its effects. Read more
July 17, 2017
In July, co-workers from IKEA Austria got to take part in an IWitness trip to UNHCR in Jordan, to see how our Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign is helping UNHCR with their work in refugee camps. Their trip included a visit Azraq camp, home to 35,000 refugees and the solar plant funded by IKEA Foundation, which is helping to bring sustainable energy into the refugee camp. Miriam Melischek writes about the experience... Go to blog
Play is fundamental to children’s wellbeing. When children can play, they learn new skills, become more social and are better able to cope with stress. Sadly, many children around the world lack safe spaces to play. That’s why our new in-store campaign has children’s right to play and develop at its heart. Read more
For two and a half years, Azraq refugee camp in Jordan had no electricity. In winter, the 54,000 Syrian refugees here lived in complete darkness for nearly half the day. Thanks to the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the IKEA Foundation granted the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) funding to build renewable energy projects in Azraq refugee camp... Read more
The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, switched on today the newly constructed solar plant in Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp. Funded by the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the solar farm has brought renewable power to a population that lived for two and a half years only with sporadic access to electricity... Read more