Praise Ikea for Providing Solar Lanterns to Refugees


Target: Ikea Chairman and CEO, Peter Agnefjäll

Goal: Thank Ikea for providing solar lanterns to thousands of refugees.

Every year, millions of children and their families are forced to leave their homes because of war or natural disasters. These people find safety in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee camps. Ikea, the Swedish furniture megastore, is partnering with the United Nations to light up refugee camps with solar lanterns.

The lack of reliable electricity is a huge problem for millions of refugees who have been forced to flee dangerous conditions and stay in safe neighboring countries. When night draws near, the residents can barely see anything. Although life in the refugee camps are safer than their homes, simple tasks such as going to the bathroom or returning home makes women and young children vulnerable to attacks. Solar-powered light sources offer an effortless solution that greatly improves the quality of life for the millions of people living in refugee camps around the globe.

Ikea is lending a hand by bringing in renewable energy sources to facilities all over the world, including countries like Ethiopia and Bangladesh. Their campaign is called Brighter Lives for Refugees, which helps fund the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. For a limited time, for every light emitting diode (LED) light bulb purchased at any of participating Ikea locations, the Ikea Foundation will donate one euro to UNHCR. They will use the money to buy renewable lighting systems such as solar-powered street lights and lanterns for the refugees.

2015 marks the second year that Ikea is running its campaign. Last year’s campaign brought in $10.6 million, which helped close to 11,000 Syrian refugees at Al Azraq. Applaud Ikea for improving the lives of refugees around the world.


Dear Peter Agnefjäll,

Sustainable light is an important function for a refugee community. Having a reliable source of light makes an extraordinary difference. Thank you for teaming up with the United Nations to help bring light to these refugee camps. Providing the funds for the United Nations to purchase renewable energy lighting systems will help the refugees have a higher quality of life. Adults will be able to socialize with their friends, children will be able to finish their homework later, and women and young girls won’t fear having to walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

Presently, there are over 10 millions refugee camps around the world. The lack of light in many of the camps has had a devastating effect on refugees’ lives. Thank you for creating the Brighter Lives for Refugees campaign to help bring light to refugees all around the world.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Senil Anka via Wikimedia Commons

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