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Fighting poverty and climate change

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Every child has the right to a bright and healthy future. Unfortunately, for many children around the world poverty and the increasing effects of climate change stand in the way. The IKEA Foundation is working to generate opportunities for these children and create better lives for their families.

The IKEA Foundation was established by the founder of IKEA, Ingvar Kamprad. He wanted to take his vision of creating “a better everyday life for the many people” beyond offering well-designed, affordable furniture to IKEA customers. This shared vision continues to inspire the IKEA Foundation to this very day.

Voices of hopes

Get inspired by the IKEA Foundation and its partners. Five voices of hope for brighter lives on a liveable planet

    A voice of hope for refugees 

    Meet Aya, a former refugee who at 16 fled war-torn Iraq. Aya is now a youth delegate for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency which the IKEA Foundation supports to enable people like her to make brighter futures for themselves.  

      A voice of hope for renewable energy

      Meet Spoorthi, an Indian schoolgirl who, with the help of renewable energy, is able to see a brighter future for herself and her family.

        A voice of hope for clean air 

        Meet Jane, a clean air campaigner who is on a mission to make sure that everyone can breathe clean air. 

          A voice of hope for sustainable farming 

          Meet Evelyn, a Kenyan coffee farmer who wants farmers to have sustainable futures for themselves and the land that they farm. 

            A voice of hope for emergencies 

            Meet Merveil, a Doctors without Borders’ employee from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who wants to help change the world. 

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            What is the IKEA Foundation?

            The IKEA Foundation is a philanthropic organisation that provides grants for programmes that help families living in poverty afford a better everyday life, and fight and cope with climate change.

            Families don’t just need financial stability. If they and their children are to thrive, they also need a healthy environment. This is why the IKEA Foundation’s commitments to helping families improve their incomes and to protecting the planet go hand in hand.

            © IKEA Foundation/Julia Mandle

            What does the IKEA Foundation do?

            The IKEA Foundation works to bring about substantial change that enables families living in poverty to create sustainable livelihoods and lessen the effects of climate change. Through long-term strategic partnerships with both large and small organisations, it aims to find innovative solutions and to inspire policymakers and other funders.

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            When I first arrived here, I remember this area was full of weeds and bushes. But now everything is green, I would have never imagined it to be like this.

            Kaha Abdula, Somali refugee

            Kaha Abdula, 35, is a Somali refugee farmer who is benefiting from an irrigation and agriculture project supported by the IKEA Foundation.

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            Who funds the IKEA Foundation?

            The IKEA Foundation is funded by Stichting Ingka Foundation, owner of the Ingka Group of companies. The IKEA Foundation is independent of the IKEA retail business. Its sole focus is creating brighter lives on a liveable planet.

            To learn more about the exciting work the IKEA Foundation and its partners are doing visit their website or follow them on social media.

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