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IKEA and Its Wonderful Charitable Foundation
POLISARIO refugee camp - Western Sahara
I was browsing through the latest IKEA catalog that recently was delivered to our home this morning while my husband was using the computer.
Although we don't really need anything specific for our home, it is always fun to browse and see what this company has to offer by way of inexpensive home furnishings. They try and provide great value on items carried so that most people can afford their offerings.
On one of the pages it had a desert looking scene with the outline of a white tent drawn and the caption at the top of the page read "Refugee children need a place to call home, too" which caught my attention.
Towards the bottom of the page it had this website: www.ikeafoundation.org/
Buduburam refugee camp
I was unfamiliar with the IKEA Foundation but am now very impressed with the good work that they do after looking at their website. I invite you to do the same.
This IKEA company was founded back in 1943 by Ingvar Kamprad in Almhult, Sweden. From humble beginnings it now has huge stores selling very affordable home furnishings in many countries around the world, employing many people.
Being good stewards of the money that they take in as profits, in 1982 the IKEA Foundation was originated and is headquartered in Leiden, the Netherlands.
Looking at these photos of refugee camps, this is one mission that is near and dear to this foundations philosophy of helping refugee children and their families secure a safe place to call home.
What UNHCR does...
IKEA foundation teamed up with a UN Refugee Agency called UNHCR which stands for the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees started back in 1950 by the United Nations.
Funding has helped to create improved shelters that last much longer than those often hastily thrown together with scraps of wood, metal or even straw.
Even tents are better than what some refugee families have to call home.
Clinton Health Access Initiative
Shelter, Medicine and More
Their mission goes beyond just helping to provide better shelters.
They try to promote education for children, provide emergency relief after disasters, fight against child labor, try and reconnect displaced families due to wars or other causes and many other things.
IKEA Foundation is smart in how they distribute their resources. Often they team up with other established entities like Unicef.
One such cause is the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Vitamins and life saving medicines can now be shared with people who previously had no access. Watch the video to the right to learn more.
What Water.org does...
Safe Drinking Water
Having safe water to drink is another focus and they recently granted money to help fund Water.org.
I am so glad to have learned about some of the wonderful works that are being accomplished by the IKEA Foundation and their partners in helping these worthy causes.
Have you ever purchased anything from an IKEA store?
I know that I will feel even better about shopping there in the future.
Be sure and watch the video below to learn more about what the IKEA Foundation does in its efforts to help people.