An article I came across this morning gives me just one more reason to love the furniture flat pack giant, Ikea. It was titled:

Ikea developing new solar-powered refugee shelter to replace tents

http://thestar.blogs.com/worlddaily/2013/06/ikea-developing-new-solar-powered-refugee-shelter-to-replace-tents.html

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, the Ikea foundation is committing $4.5 million into a new project that provides easy-to-assemble, flat-pack houses for migrant populations. Ikea’s new “Refugee Shelter,” has solar technology and aims to put a real roof over refugees’ heads.

still from a video released by the IKEA Foundation, a prototype of its new refugee housing unit is shown as assembled.
still from a video released by the IKEA Foundation, a prototype of its new refugee housing unit is shown as assembled.

I can only applaud Ikea’s humanitarian efforts and brilliant thinking. Creating an easy to transport and set up design incorporating solar power truly is brilliant in my opinion. 

No one should be subjected to living in a tent for an average of 10 to 12 years while they are waiting to return to their home or move onto a new life. Ikea’s design will give them four walls, a ceiling that will allow an adult to stand up and solar power allowing them to have access to light and the ability to prepare a meal. This means dignity for families who have left everything behind. 

This initiative makes me a happy supporter and customer of Ikea, how about you? 

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