IKEA Foundation contributes to emergency relief aid. During the initial state of emergency, IKEA Foundation can provide IKEA products to support humanitarian relief efforts and later contribute to projects addressing the long term reconstruction and rehabilitation work.
Haiti Earthquake on Jan 12 2010We are in close contact with our global partners UNICEF and Save the Children who are both present in Haiti. They are evaluating the situation and what they need and will get back to us shortly and to let us know how we can best help.
"The situation in Haiti is severe. This is just the beginning of a long-term rehabilitation effort in Haiti. Save the Children and UNICEF are both in place to respond to the immediate relief of the children and communities. At the same time we are discussing with IKEA Foundation the most effective way for a possible common response. As is standard this is based on the needs on the ground. We are supporting IKEA Foundation to take on a long term approach also in emergencies."
Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary General of Save the Children, Sweden and Tim Hunter, UNICEF, Deputy Director, Fundraising
Example of recent and ongoing IKEA Foundation emergency work:- IKEA Foundation helps Chinese children after earthquake
A massive earthquake jolted Sichuan and neighbouring provinces in May 2008. The earthquake was the most devastating natural disaster in China in 30 years, leaving more than 5 million homeless. The many destroyed school buildings also left thousands of children without proper schooling.
Initially, the IKEA Foundation made an in-kind donation in order to meet the urgent shelter needs of displaced children and families in temporary settlements and children in boarding schools in Sichuan. A total of 100,000 items such as school bags, sleeping bags, bath towels, bed sheets and sets of dishware were delivered through UNICEF.
In addition, the IKEA Foundation decided to support UNICEF with the much needed reconstruction work in the neighbouring Gansu province. The commitment includes financial support for prefabricated classrooms, educational materials, school furniture and teacher training to the most vulnerable and needy schools, as well as investments in improved water and sanitation in their communities.
These investments will benefit more than 9,000 children and over 200 teachers in 39 primary schools located in remote rural areas not covered by the government reconstruction plan.
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Other examples is the support that IKEA Foundation gives to Save the Children projects in the rebuilding of the flood and cyclone affected areas in India, Burma and Bangladesh.