IKEA Foundation to give 38 million EUR aid to refugees

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UN refugee agency UNHCR has received a grant of 38 million EUR from the IKEA Foundation to help the refugees and host communities in Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.

”We believe that every child deserves a quality education, a sustainable family income, and a healthy start in life,” says Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation.

IKEA Foundation is UNHCR’s biggest partner from the private sector.

The donation period between 2015 and 2017 aims at making the refugees and the communities they arrive to better positioned to cope by improving basic services, supporting initiatives that promote self-sufficiency, and work for peaceful coexistence.

Of the total donation will SEK 309 million to go to UNHCR’s efforts to help 200,000 Somali refugees in five refugee camps in Dollo Ado region of Ethiopia to become more self-sufficient. Efforts will create opportunities for livelihood, support small business, education and agricultural development, and support efforts to bring products to market.

In addition, the donation will contribute to UNHCR’s global efforts to solve the refugee’s energy needs in a sustainable way. The gift will fund the clean and renewable energy for household lighting and cooking as well as environmental projects in refugee camps in the Dollo Ado region.

The new contribution is a follow up of a donation from the IKEA Foundation in 2011.

IKEA Foundation also provides 47 million SEK for the Sahel region of Burkina Faso, which received the majority of the over 33 000 refugees from Mali who are in the country. The grant will make it possible for thousands of refugees to participate in a multi-year project to develop sustainable micro-dairies. The project will give refugees income opportunities, the chance to be part of the local community and the possibility of schooling for children.

”We support UNHCR’s work for education and clean energy for refugees in UNHCR camps and efforts to help refugee families to become more self-sufficient. We want their children to have better opportunities in the future.” says Per Heggenes, CEO of IKEA Foundation.