Our Stories

We want to build a world where children living in poverty can create better futures for themselves and their families. Read our stories to find out how the programmes we fund help create more opportunities for children around the world.

October 17, 2018
The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has connected a new extension to the solar plant at Jordan’s Azraq refugee camp, with funding from the IKEA Foundation. The project has been funded by IKEA’s Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, which raised €30.8 million for UNHCR to provide light and renewable energy for refugee families living in camps... Read more
October 3, 2018
Dr Evan Atar Adaha, an inspirational doctor from South Sudan, has won the 2018 Nansen Refugee Award. IKEA Foundation and IKEA co-workers were among the special guests at the award ceremony on 1 October and witnessed Dr Atar receive the honour. The event was hosted by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and... Read more
September 27, 2018
Today, we are proud to announce our support for a new global partnership at the One Planet Summit in New York to help countries in South East Asia speed up their transition to renewable energy. We’re partnering with Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the... Read more
September 24, 2018
The IKEA Foundation has announced plans to spend another €300 million on climate-related programmes between 2020 and 2023 and calls on others to follow our lead. This funding is on top of the €400 million we pledged to spend on climate programmes between 2015 and 2020, and it builds on our commitment to make fighting... Read more
September 20, 2018
The IKEA Foundation is supporting an electric-vehicle tour from San Francisco to New York, to show that Americans are ‘still in’ when it comes to stopping climate change. The New American Road Trip, an electric-vehicle tour across America, will highlight the stories of the people, cities and emerging technologies that are fulfilling the US pledge... Read more
August 29, 2018
Educating a child takes a lot more than simply building schools. A new report from the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, shows the many different problems that need to be tackled to help give kids the education they need. The report highlights how funding from the IKEA Foundation has helped improve children’s educations in the Dollo... Read more
August 19, 2018
Prevention is better than cure. We all know that, right? For example, it is better to quit smoking than to treat lung disease. We use seat belts, helmets and life jackets to prevent injury and death. The list goes on. We know that waiting to step in until after a problem has arisen can make... Read more
August 6, 2018
When conflicts break out or disasters strike, millions of families turn to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) for medical relief. We are granting MSF €21 million to provide medical care in emergencies—including trauma care, life-saving surgeries, maternity and paediatric services, and primary healthcare. (Photo credit above: Mosul, Iraq. MSF/Louise Annaud) We have worked with MSF since 2013... Read more
June 20, 2018
Passports. Birth certificates. Cherished photographs. Beloved family members. Friends. Pets. Many people are forced to leave behind all these things and more when they are threatened and forced out from their homes and communities. But no matter what they leave behind, they all bring similar things with them wherever they go: Skills. Talents. Aspirations. Sadly, many... Read more
June 6, 2018
No matter what threatens children’s safety—from violence to natural disasters—Save the Children steps in to protect children and help them continue their educations. The IKEA Foundation has recently given Save the Children four emergency grants, totalling €530,000, to help children and families survive life-threatening situations and begin to look toward the future again.   Refugees... Read more
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