Brighter Lives for Refugees

UNHCR and the IKEA Foundation’s Brighter Lives for Refugees Campaign

For every LED light bulb and lamp sold at participating IKEA stores between November 29 and December 19 2015, the IKEA Foundation donated €1 (AUD 1.50) to UNHCR.

Funds raised helped provide solar street lights, indoor solar lanterns, and other renewable energy technologies such as fuel efficient cooking stoves in UNHCR refugee camps in countries including Ethiopia, Chad, Bangladesh and Jordan.

We are pleased to announce that the campaign raised 12.4 million euros to provide sustainable lighting, energy solutions and safer spaces for refugees.

There are nearly 14.4 million refugees living in UNHCR camps globally, around half of whom are children. Many of those refugees have little or no access to power or light sources, which severely affects their safety and security at night time.

Everyday activities such as going to the toilet and bathroom at night, or collecting water or firewood for the evening meal are extremely difficult and unsafe without adequate lighting.

Solar lighting positively impacts the lives of refugees in many ways:

  • Solar lanterns help girls and boys in refugee camps study after dark, improving results in school.
  • Solar street lights can improve safety and security for all refugees, and specifically women and girls.
  • Solar street lights help improve life in a refugee camp, enabling more community gatherings and social activities.
  • Solar lanterns allow refugees to continue important income-generating activities, such as weaving or sewing, long after the sun goes down.
  • Solar lanterns enable refugees to run their small shops and kiosks into the evening, increasing business opportunities

You can help UNHCR provide lighting to thousands of refugees around the world straight away by making a donation.

  • Children

    $25 per month can provide six homes with a solar lantern to assist children with their study

  • Children

    $40 per month can provide six mothers with fuel efficient cooking stove to feed their families

  • Children

    $115 per month can provide street lighting in a refugee camp making it a safer and secure neighbourhood

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