I live a privileged life in many ways. I spent six years at University earning a Master’s degree in History and Journalism. I have chosen my career path, I have a well-paid job that I like and I own my own apartment. I live in a peaceful, democratic and very stable country. There is always food in the fridge and heat in the radiators. Don’t get me wrong, I work hard for everything I have and the life that I’ve built. And for all that I am very thankful. Some people just don’t have the same opportunities to build a life for them selves.
Millions of people are living in refuge camps across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Did you know that a family spends an average of 12 years in a camp? Seriously 12 years! For millions of people these camps become home. Imagine growing up in a place like that. Argh, it breaks my heart! That’s why I didn’t hesitate, when IKEA contacted me and asked if I would help share the message about their new campaign.
1€ for every sold LED bulb
IKEA Foundation is donating 1€ for every LED bulb sold between 3 February and 29 March 2014 to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The money is going towards providing solar-powered lights, renewable energy and better education in refugee camps. So not only are you helping refugees by buying LED bulbs, the bulbs are also very friendly to the environment and your electrical bill – it’s a win-win-win!
In many refugee camps today the day stops at sundown. The lack of light in these camps can have a terrible effect on many aspects of life. In the dark, even simple activities like using the toilet, collecting water or returning to shelter can become dangerous, especially for young women and girls.
Not only will the solar-powered lights make the camps safer – they also make it possible for the kids to study after dark, improving their results in school. And their families can continue to earn an income after sunset through activities such as sewing, weaving or running kiosks. That means hope for a brighter future for these families.
If you want more information about the project, please read this article.
20 years of light
Did you know that LED bulbs last for 20 years? They might cost a little more than energy-saving bulbs, but with 20 years of light in them, they end up being the cheapest alternative. And they give a very nice light right from the second you turn on the light – they don’t have to warm up like the energy-saving bulbs do. And did I mention that they are eco friendly? I’m a fan in case you can’t tell.
So please, my dear readers, do go to IKEA and pick up some LED bulbs for your home before 29 March. It’s such a small gesture and it means so much. I went last week.
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