The trip offers co-workers the opportunity to see how projects funded by the IKEA Foundation’s annual Good Cause campaigns help children in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities.
The IKEA Foundation has partnered with Handicap International, Room to Read, Save the Children, Special Olympics, UNICEF and War Child to work to create safe spaces for vulnerable children to play.
After hearing from Christine Gregg, one of last year’s IWitness ambassadors, Lotta was inspired to apply for the programme and step outside of her comfort zone.
During the trip, Lotta saw some of the work being done to help protect and provide access to quality education for some of the most vulnerable children in Ho Chi Minh City. She also heard some of the children’s personal experiences and visited families in their homes.
“One of the most challenging things was trying to control my emotions, to look happy when you have tears in your eyes from thinking how brutal the world can be and how unfair it is.”
Save the Children works with 50 schools in Ho Chi Minh City, six of which the group visited as part of their trip. One of the first places the IWitness ambassadors visited was a secondary school, where they attended a flag raising ceremony and awareness raising event for Children’s Rights.
“This trip has changed my life and I will always look back and think of it as my eye-opener. Life is not a rose garden, but we can change life for so many children and their families by taking responsibility to drive the change for a better life for everyone.”