Brighter Lives for Refugees is a program we can really get behind! Ikea and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) are partnering to give refugees the means to light their camps in places like Ethiopia, Jordan, Sudan, Bangladesh, and Chad. This can have a huge effect on the quality of life in refugee camps.
How do LED lights help?
A lack of light can lead to crime and violence—especially sexual and gender-based violence—when the sun goes down. Lights also allow schoolchildren to study after dark, enable community gatherings and social activities, and allow refugees to continue to generate income by sewing, weaving, and operating a kiosk or shop.
Why LED lights?
These sustainable lights—that we should all be switching over to in our homes—with 40- and 60-watt bulbs phased out at the end of last year. You'll see less and less of them on store shelves, and the new LED bulbs last longer and use less energy.
How Can You Help?
This is my favorite part; it's super easy to help. When you buy an LEDARE bulb at an Ikea from February 2 through March 29, Ikea will donate $1.37 to UNHCR to help deliver better lighting, renewable energy, and primary education in refugee camps. “We want to help people help themselves to a better everyday life today—and tomorrow, turning the cycle of poverty into a circle of prosperity,” says Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad.
Personally, I always feel like any reason to go to Ikea is a good thing (what can I say, I like furniture shopping), and helping refugees with my dollars makes it so much sweeter.