How IKEA Foundation supports the right to play

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How IKEA Foundation supports the right to play

IKEA Foundation puts every child’s right to play at the heart of its Good Cause campaign, Let’s Play for Change. November 20th is Universal Children’s Day. See how partnering with six leading organizations is making a difference worldwide.

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Our mission

“For various reasons, not all children are enjoying their right to play. We want to change that,” says Chris Williams, IKEA Foundation communications manager. “With help from our partners we want to create safe environments for them to fulfill their right.” This includes supporting some of the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programs. See more at

A group of girls in green dresses playing on a rope swing outdoors.

“We use inclusive play and arts-based methods to build a sense of cohesion and belonging within communities, and to help disadvantaged children to learn, grow and develop”

Cheryl Shin-Hua Yeam, regional technical coordinator at Handicap International
A smiling child sitting at a blue desk.

“Thanks to the Let’s Play for Change campaign, we can reach even more young children with nurturing care programs and help them grow up in enriching environments”

Pia Rebello Britto, chief of Early Childhood Development at Unicef
A girl choosing a book from a colorful reading library.

“Room to Read combines the science of learning to read with the magic of loving to read, developing a generation of independent readers who are breaking the cycle of illiteracy”

Dr Geetha Murali, CEO Room to Read
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“Whether it’s an earthquake, a typhoon or armed conflict, children need protection and support. We transfer knowledge to local aid workers who act to save lives”

Joan Marie Del Mundo, information and communications coordinator at Save the Children Philippines
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“Our project has opened doors that have previously been closed to children with intellectual disabilities by bringing our sport and play program to over 10,000 communities in four countries”

Rebecca Ralston, Director, Young Athletes at Special Olympics
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“Through the partnership, 18,000 Syrian and vulnerable local children in Jordan and Lebanon will be able to play, reclaim their childhood and rebuild their future”

Tjipke Bergsma, CEO at War Child Holland
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