From 1 April to 26 May, we are joining IKEA stores around the world to celebrate the everyday climate heroes who bring light and power to their communities.

Communities need energy to power their businesses, schools and hospitals. Parents need it for earning an income, and for cooking and refrigerating food. And, as daylight fades, children need it for safety, studying, and playing with family and friends.

Yet, worldwide, millions of impoverished families lack access to safe, reliable energy sources. Many are forced to rely on charcoal or firewood to light and heat their homes and to cook their food. These fuels are becoming scarce and expensive, not only requiring families to spend hours of their time and a huge proportion of their income on energy but also polluting their homes with fumes that make them ill and shorten their lives by years.

 


      An explainer video on why we are committed to powering communities with renewable energy. 

 

That is why we are supporting A Better World Starts at Home campaign by investing over €40 million in programmes run by five partners to bring renewable energy to families, helping them power up their communities… and their futures.

Because energy gives families power.

And renewable energy gives families a future.

 

Our campaign partners

 

SELCO Foundation:  India


Photo credit: SELCO Foundation

In India, where many vulnerable families have little or no electricity for their homes, schools, livelihoods or health centres, SELCO Foundation is providing clean, reliable and affordable energy.

By setting up and investing in local renewable-energy enterprises, SELCO Foundation will help 160,000 adults and 400,000 children have healthier homes and enjoy better healthcare and educational opportunities.

 

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency: Jordan | Rwanda

Photo credit: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

The lack of light and energy in refugee camps can have a devastating effect on families’ safety, education and income. The IKEA Foundation is working with the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, to improve access to lighting and energy for refugees in Rwanda and Jordan.

By providing access to renewable energy to refugee camps and host communities, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, will support 60,000 children and families in Rwanda and Jordan, so they can lead safer, healthier and more productive lives.

 

Habitat for Humanity: Uganda


Photo credit: Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is providing families in Uganda access to affordable, clean and reliable renewable energy solutions for the first time.

By involving communities, governments, families and local enterprises in designing, supporting and providing access to renewable energy solutions, Habitat for Humanity aims to make renewable energy the default choice for homes, helping approximately 70,000 children and their families in Uganda.

 

Rainforest Alliance: Kenya


Photo credit: Rainforest Alliance 

The Rainforest Alliance is working in Kenya to help families with small farms switch to using renewable energy instead of fuels that damage people’s health and the environment, such as charcoal and firewood.

By scaling up the use of biomass fuels and supporting energy-efficient practices, the Rainforest Alliance will help 50,000 farmers improve their incomes, cut their carbon emissions and create healthier homes for their families.

 

One Acre Fund: Kenya | Rwanda | Uganda


Photo credit: One Acre Fund

One Acre Fund is supplying 290,000 farmers in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda with the tools they need to feed their families, light their homes, and adapt to a changing climate.

By encouraging climate-smart agriculture, One Acre Fund will help farmers produce bigger harvests and earn more money to invest in education, health and solar lights for their families.

 

Throughout the campaign, we will share stories of the everyday climate heroes we work with. Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to find out more about them!