Thanks to IKEA customers and co-workers who supported the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign, the IKEA Foundation will be able to donate €10.8m to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) to light refugee camps.
The campaign ran in IKEA stores from 1 February to 29 March. For every LED light bulb purchased by an IKEA customer, the IKEA Foundation is donating Є1 to UNHCR.
The funds raised by the campaign will help improve the lives of 380,000 refugees in Bangladesh, Chad, Ethiopia and Jordan by providing educational opportunities, solar street lights, solar lanterns and other renewable energy solutions.
Camps are already brightening up
With the money raised since the campaign first started last year, UNHCR has
- installed about 500 solar streets lights and a similar number of LED street lights in Azraq refugee camp, Jordan, allowing over 11,000 Syrian refugees to move around safely
- purchased 40,000 solar lanterns and 240 street lights, which are en route to families living in the refugee camps around Dollo Ado, Ethiopia
- enrolled and equipped more than 13,000 refugee children for primary school in Chad so they can continue with their education
UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees T. Alexander Aleinikoff said: “I greatly appreciate the efforts of IKEA co-workers and the support of the customers who participated in this global campaign so that we can make the lives of thousands of refugees better and brighter.”
Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation added: “Thanks to IKEA co-workers and customers, thousands of refugee children and families will now have access to sustainable energy and lighting. Simple activities like sharing a family meal, doing homework and taking part in important social gatherings will now be possible for some of the most vulnerable people on our planet.”