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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.

January 30, 2017
The IKEA Foundation's temporary shelter designed for refugees has been named the 2016 Beazley Design of the Year, beating the artwork for David Bowie's final album and a robotic surgeon. Better Shelter was announced as the winner at an awards ceremony that took place at the Design Museum's new home in London last week. Read more
January 9, 2017
Around Asia and Africa, thousands of children are playing their way to a better life, thanks to the IKEA Foundation’s partners, co-workers and customers who got involved in the first Let’s Play for Change campaign. During the campaign period, IKEA co-workers and customers engaged in the cause, and an amazing 12.6 million IKEA children’s products were sold. Read more
December 21, 2016
Safety, food, healthcare and education—children who have fled turmoil in South Sudan urgently need all of these things. Thanks to a €320,000 grant from the IKEA Foundation, Save the Children will provide them for thousands of vulnerable children. Fighting and a lack of basic services in South Sudan have forced... Read more
December 16, 2016
Children have lost their homes, loved ones and sense of security after a series of deadly earthquakes and aftershocks have devastated parts of Indonesia’s Aceh province. The IKEA Foundation has given Save the Children an emergency grant of €100,000 so they can help children recover from the trauma and continue... Read more
December 1, 2016
We have given Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) €1 million to help victims of violence and displacement in Nigeria and is calling on other donors to support MSF’s work there. The conflict in northeastern Nigeria started in 2009. As a result of the fighting, countless families have been forced to flee their homes and have sought safety in overcrowded cities or camps for displaced people. Read more
November 20, 2016
Today—20 November—is Children’s Rights Day, and the IKEA Foundation is celebrating by launching a new campaign in IKEA stores to help more children enjoy their right to play. Play is at the heart of every happy childhood. It gives children the chance to find out about the world, learn how... Read more
October 25, 2016
The IKEA Foundation has given Save the Children two emergency grants to protect children fleeing fighting in Iraq and severe weather in the Philippines. The grants for €200,000 will help vulnerable children keep up their education in a safe environment. In the Philippines, hundreds of thousands of people have been... Read more
October 17, 2016
When disasters strike, children are among the most vulnerable, and humanitarian aid agencies need to be able to respond immediately to save their lives. Today we have signed agreements with two of the world’s foremost humanitarian aid organisations, Save the Children and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), to potentially save the lives of thousands of children during catastrophic disasters. Read more
October 13, 2016
Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on 4 October, leaving such extensive damage that experts are still unsure of how many people it killed. We have given Save the Children a grant of €200,000 so they can quickly and efficiently scale up programmes to save children's lives and help families begin to recover. Read more
October 6, 2016
IKEA co-workers who won the IKEA Foundation’s internal What Design Can Do refugee challenge and IKEA managers from 11 countries were special guests Monday night at the Nansen Refugee Award ceremony, hosted by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva and supported by the IKEA Foundation. Read more
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