Brighter lives for refugees

Helping Families Forced to Flee

This campaign raised €30.8 million between February 2014 and December 2015. When customers bought LED light bulbs or lamps, the IKEA Foundation donated €1 to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

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You’re Making a Difference

IKEA Customer´s participation in the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign has enabled the IKEA Foundation to donate more than €30.8 million to improve living conditions for refugees across Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Watch video with Paul McCallion, UNCHR, the UN Refugee Agency energy expert how they are bringing renewable energy to refugee camps. 

The impact of light and energy

The IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency are working together to find renewable energy and lighting solutions to improve the lives of refugees in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Sudan and Jordan.

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A chance to survive, a chance to live

Sadaa and Emtyaz arrived in Azraq refugee camp one year ago with just the clothes on their backs and their three small children Malik (7 years), Hamid (5 years) and Masa (4 years).

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POWER OF PARTNERSHIP

The IKEA Foundation works to create better opportunities for children and families living in some of the world’s poorest communities, but when families are forced to flee their homes, they support UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to make life in camps more humane and fund programmes that aim to prepare refugees for a better life when they leave a camp.

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IKEA FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH UNHCR, THE UN REFUGEE AGENCY

Refugee housing unit

Designing an alternative shelter for emergency relief and beyond – “Better Shelter” is a unique collaboration, which has resulted in a new, innovative, and more dignified temporary home for families who have had to leave their own home behind.

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MATTRESSES & BED LINENS

50,000 of each donated for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency operation to help those displaced by the violence in Libya. 

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SHARING KNOWLEDGE

When responding to disasters, every second counts – which is why IKEA Foundation began sharing IKEA coworkers’ knowledge on logistics, procurement, packaging and transportation with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency strengthening their ability to respond.

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MATTRESSES & BED LINENS

150,000 mattresses, quilts and bed linens donated to refugees at the Arbat camp in Iraq.

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€7.7 MILLION RAISED IN 1ST BRIGHTER LIVES FOR REFUGEES CAMPAIGN

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Prototype testing

52 hand-made prototypes of the Better Shelter refugee housing unit tested in northern Iraq and Dollo Ado, Ethiopia. Refugees inform a final shelter design, to ensure it offers dignified and secure housing for the millions of vulnerable refugee families.

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€38 MILLION

A grant, which aims to make refugees and heavily stretched host communities more resilient in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia by supporting self-reliance initiatives, improving basic services and fostering peaceful co-existence.

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Second language learning solution

IKEA Foundation and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency team up to pursue an idea for an innovative model that could help refugees overcome language barriers that can reduce access to quality educational experiences.

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AND BEYOND...

THE 3RD BRIGHTER LIVES FOR REFUGEES CAMPAIGN TAKES  PLACE 29 NOVEMBER – 19 DECEMBER