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Ikea and Its Wonderful Charitable Foundation

Updated on August 19, 2018
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I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

POLISARIO refugee camp - Western Sahara

POLISARIO_refugee_camp_-_Western_Sahara | Source


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 at the moment, 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.

Their in store restaurants also have excellent prices. Their stores are so huge that many people decide to take a break and also dine there.

On one of the pages of the catalog it had a desert looking scene. There was an 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:

Buduburam refugee camp

Buduburam-refugee-camp | Source

IKEA Foundation

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.

They serve as 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. That acronym stands for the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was 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. Often those are the only materials available to refugee families when they try to build their own shelters from searing sun, wind and rain.

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.

Among other things they try to accomplish the following:

  • Education for children is vitally important and one of their objectives.
  • They like to provide emergency relief after disasters.
  • Fighting against child labor is another objective of the IKEA Foundation.
  • One primary mission is to try and reconnect displaced families due to wars or other causes. Bringing families back together again is a comfort to everyone involved who has been impacted by disasters of any type. Children need their parents and parents function better when they know their children are safe and nearby.

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 above to learn more.

Safe Drinking Water

Having safe water to drink is another focus and they recently granted money to help fund

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.

I know that I will feel even better about shopping there in the future.

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