NewsDay Tuesday: IKEA Flat Pack Housing for Refugees

By Global Moms Challenge

August 27, 2013

Millions of moms love Ikea for its modern design and affordable pricing (largely due to their model of packing the furniture in flat boxes, allowing for at-home assembly by the customer). We were doubly delighted to learn about The Ikea Foundation, whose mission includes improving opportunities for children to help them take control of their futures.
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The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has traditionally provided canvas tents as shelter for people displaced by violence, flooding, droughts or other situations that force families to flee their homes to find safety. The Ikea Foundation has helped UNHCR create flat-packed sheds to be used as longer-lasting shelters for refugees.

An article on dezeen.com reports Ikea saying, “Many of the current shelters used in refugee camps have a life span of approximately six months before the impact of sun, rain and wind means it needs to be replaced. Yet in long-term refugee situations, refugees stay in camps for an average of 12 years.”  The prototype shelter from Ikea is designed to last three years, with options for upgrades over time.

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Read the entire article on dezeen.com to learn more about the work UNHCR and The IKEA Foundation are doing to help refugees around the world. UNHCR announced this weekend that there are now more than 1 million refugee children emerging from the Syrian crisis. You can help provide relief and learn more here.

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