Improved lives of over 100 million children in India out of the 178 million worldwide
India: Celebrating the completion of 15 years in India, one of the renowned social foundation, IKEA Foundation, has strengthened its commitment with previously unannounced grants to partners PRADAN, Aajeevika Bureau, Landesa, Development Alternatives and Ashoka. The expansion is an example of the IKEA Foundation’s commitment to working with smaller, local partners as well as larger humanitarian aid organisations improving the lives of children in India.
The announcement came as the Foundation published its 2014 annual review, 178 million smiles, which also revealed that last year alone it gave €104 million in grants and in-kind donations to 40 partners operating in 46 countries.During the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation made six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to €24.9 million, boosting its commitment to children.
“Completion of 15 years in India is a very important milestone for us” said Per Heggenes, Chief Executive Officer of the IKEA Foundation.“Our current work grew from IKEA’s efforts to fight child labour in its supply chain in India. But, early on in the endeavour, IKEA learned that to prevent child labour it is vital to address the root causes of why children work”, he added.
The Foundation’s work has ranged from simple but important initiatives, such as providing immunisations or vitamin supplements, to comprehensive programmes supporting entire communities. In India, the IKEA Foundationworks with 12partners on long term programmes that change attitudes towards child labour, provide education and healthcare and empower women so children and families can break the cycle of poverty.
Other highlights from the report show that the Foundation:
• gave €10 million in grants for disaster and emergency relief in 2014, including its biggest-ever emergency donation of €5 million to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to fight Ebola in West Africa
• had helped 1.2 million babies get much-needed specialist care through UNICEF in India by the end of 2014
• supplied 6,000 IKEA toys for UNICEF’s Early Childhood Development kits, which were sent to 11 countries in 2014, including Syria, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan
• donated a total of 150,000 IKEA mattresses, quilts and quilt covers to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) for Syrian refugees living in Iraq