Imagine not being able to read a book, or use the toilet, or walk back home because the sun has set. We have flashlights and light bulbs and street lights to combat the darkness, but for millions of people living in refugee camps across the world, the sun is their only source of light. When it disappears beyond the horizon, they are literally left in the dark. Simple activities like those mentioned above become impossible and even dangerous.
So, in a bid to shed a little light onto said refugee camps, IKEA has teamed up with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch its in-store “Brighter Lives for Refugees” campaign. Between February and March of this year, the IKEA Foundation plans on donating $1 for every LED light bulb sold at its stores to the UNHCR.
According to the IKEA Foundation, the funds will help improve access to lighting, renewable energy solutions and primary education in refugee camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. That means camps, such as those in Jordan, Sudan and Bangladesh, will receive solar lanterns and street lights. Kids will be able to study after dark and their parents will be able to “continue important income-generating activities, such as weaving or sewing, long after the sun goes down.”
As if this wasn’t enough to make you think highly of Ikea, the brand’s stores accept and recycle our used lightbulbs and batteries. It’s a service that’s been offered for a while, but it’s worth a reminder. Let’s all raise a Pokal or a Svalka to that!
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