Emergency – reaching out a helping hand
During the initial state of emergency, IKEA Social Initiative can provide IKEA products to support humanitarian relief efforts. Later we contribute to projects addressing the long term reconstruction and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of disasters such as earthquakes, flooding and cyclones. We do this through our partners UNICEF and Save the Children based on their needs assessment.
Example of recent and ongoing IKEA Social Initiative emergency work:
Haiti Earthquake January 12 2010
We 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 Social Initiative 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 Social Initiative to take on a long term approach also in emergencies.”
Elisabeth Dhalin, Save the Children, Sweden and Tim Hunter, UNICEF, Deputy Director, Fundraising
Save the Children
Build Back Better after earthquake in China
A devastating earthquake in May 2008 left one of China’s poorest counties in the south eastern province of Gansu almost completely without functional schools. IKEA Social Initiative’s decision to support UNICEF with funds was critical to its efforts to “Build Back Better” to help 10,000 children in Xihe County. Schools receive new classrooms, educational materials, furniture and libraries and help to construct water systems and sanitary latrines. More than 200 teachers are being trained in child friendly approaches and have been equipped with kits and aids to deliver more enriching lessons
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Following the destruction caused by Cyclone Nargis, IKEA Social Initiative donated 200,000 soft toys through Save the Children for children in the most affected areas to be used for trauma treatment. Soft toys were distributed through Save the Children’s child-friendly spaces, community child protection groups, health clinics and water distribution points.