Deploying Solar-Powered Temporary Shelters
Some companies are very successful. Some companies are very successful AND they find innovative ways to give back to the global community. One such company we have stumbled upon is IKEA. Their IKEA foundation is an independent charitable organization that works toward a world where children living in poverty have more opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families. Their ‘Better lives for refugee children and families’ program is what caught our attention.
Every year, millions of children are forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in humanitarian camps, for safety, shelter, food and clean water. The foundation supports refugee families through the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and other leading charities. Their latest project ‘Better homes and livelyhoods…’ funds the development of a safer, more durable emergency shelter for refugee families. The prototype was tested last year and is currently being deployed as emergency housing in Bangladesh and Ethiopia. Dubbed as the ‘flat pack’ home, the units are solar-powered and can be set up within four hours to provide immediate shelter for those in need.
Nothing beats a comfortable temporary home that is solar powered, easy to assemble and light enough to be transported without much hassle. The units can also be dismantled and transported back for storage/ reuse once the long term housing solutions are in place. Additionally, the solar-powered roof helps to deflect solar reflection during the day and act as an insulation during the night. Better than building temporary shelters with steel rods and corrugated roofs?
Spotted by: Lucas Millard