Brighter Lives for Refugees

Brighter Lives for RefugeesFrom February 3rd to 29th March, IKEA will donate €1 to The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for every IKEA LED Light bulb sold.

At IKEA, we see children as the most important people in the world. We believe all children have the right to a healthy, secure childhood and access to quality education, no matter where in the world they live. And because we value doing things together, we’ve decided to turn to our sustainable LED light bulbs for help. The funds generated through the sale of IKEA LED light bulbs, will help improve access to lighting, renewable energy and primary education in Ethiopia, Sudan, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan – improving these communities for the children and families who live there.

Every year, millions of children and their families are forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict or natural disaster. These refugees find safety and shelter in the UN Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) camps. Today, there are nearly 10.5 million refugees around the world – around half of which are children. The lack or absence of light in many camps can have a devastating effect on the refugees’ safety, education prospects and income.

Providing sustainable lighting can have a huge effect on the quality of life in a refugee camp. Solar lanterns can give girls and boys in refugee camps the opportunity to study after dark, helping to improve results in schools. They can enable refugees

to continue important income-generating activities, such as weaving or sewing, long after the sun goes down. Small shops and kiosks will be able to stay open into the evening, increasing prospects of generating a sustainable income, and solar street lights can enable more community gatherings and social activities.

LED is the biggest thing in light since electric light was invented, and by 2016, IKEA will only sell LED light bulbs. Sustainability doesn’t mean having to compromise on style - IKEA’s LED lights are available in a huge range of stylish designs.