BURLINGTON, ON, May 25, 2011 /CNW/ - The spiraling conflict in Libya has
sent several hundred thousand people fleeing from their homes to
bordering countries. The IKEA Foundation, which is the charitable arm
of the retail giant, will send around 60 containers containing products
for the benefit of refugees in Tunisia. IKEA in collaboration with UPS
will contribute to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee's
(UNHCR) work for refugees reaching Tunisia by sending 50,000
mattresses, 50,000 quilt covers and 50,000 quilts, the latter
especially adapted to the often harsh conditions in the refugee camps.
Since the violence erupted in Libya in mid-February 2011, hundreds of
thousands of people have fled to neighboring countries, mostly to Egypt
and Tunisia, while thousands more are waiting to cross these borders.
By May 9th some 350,000 had crossed the borders to Tunisia alone. UNHCR
established its presence in Tunisia on February 24th 2011 to respond to
the mass influx of people crossing into Tunisia to escape the violence
in Libya. In its preparations for the coming months, UNHCR will be
providing shelter and protection and distribute essential goods.
"One of the areas that IKEA Foundation has chosen to focus on is
refugees of conflicts and natural disasters - one of the world's most
vulnerable groups - to help them prepare for reclaiming their everyday
lives more quickly and more fully." Says Kerri Molinaro, President,
IKEA Canada. "When it comes to emergency relief, we support where we,
together with our partners, see a short term need for certain IKEA
products or provide financial support in the later re-building phase."
About IKEA Foundation
IKEA Foundation manages social involvements on a global level. The
mission of IKEA Social Initiative is to improve the rights and life
opportunities of the many children - fighting for children's rights to
a healthy and secure childhood with access to quality education. UNICEF
and Save the Children are the main partners, with a range of projects
take a holistic approach for creating a substantial and lasting change:
improving the health of mothers and children, enabling access to a
quality education for children, and empowering women to create a better
future for themselves and their communities.
IKEA is a leading home furnishings retailer with 321 stores in 38
countries worldwide, which are visited by 565 million people every
year. IKEA Canada has 11 stores which are visited by over 21 million
people every year. Last year the IKEA.com websites attracted 711
million visitors. Founded in 1943, IKEA's business philosophy is to
offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so
low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on
IKEA, please visit: www.ikea.ca.
SOURCE IKEA Canada
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