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Refugee Shelters Solar-Powered by IKEA

More than 43 million people in the world are refugees and right now approximately 3.5 million of them live in tents provided by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR).

But these fabric tents are just a temporary solution as they only last about six months, are cold in the winter and hot in the summer, offering little comfort, dignity and security. Also, they have no electricity or lighting, and that is very limiting for people and families that just want to live a normal life, again.

Solar-Powered IKEA Shelter For Refugees

Image source: www.inhabitat.com

That is why the UNCHR recently joined Nordic giant IKEA Foundation, to develop an emergency shelter for people that have been left without a home due to natural disasters or political reasons.

Flat packed and lightweight for easy transport, these innovative shelters can be set up in a snap providing an immediate roof for those that need it the most.

Solar-Powered IKEA Shelter For Refugees

Image source: www.inhabitat.com

Measuring 188 square foot the tiny homes can fit five people at the time and are twice the size of the classic refugee tent.

They only take four hours to build and provide a space for sleeping comfortably inside, with privacy and comfort, as well as providing refugees with a new and clean space to live.

The best part, the eco-friendly shelters have solar paneled roofing that allow inhabitants to generate their own electricity extinguishing the need for candles or kerosene lamps. The roof also bounces off solar reflection by 70%, which is great way to keep the interiors cool during the day and warm at night.

Solar-Powered IKEA Shelter For Refugees

Image source: www.inhabitat.com

“We’ve been working on this for three years and it’s … a significant investment” said Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, the company’s charitable arm. “We hope that this will be a product that can be manufactured commercially and offered in the market to all organizations that are dealing with emergency and disaster situations.”

To learn more about The IKEA Foundation building better homes for refugee families, take a look at this moving video they have produced.

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