IKEA, UNICEF Programmes Reach 74 million Children in India
IKEA Foundation and UNICEF release results of the first decade of their partnership promoting children’s rights to education, improving childhood survival, and fighting the root causes of child labour in India.
Leiden, The Netherlands, 5 September 2012 - Throughout the month of September, IKEA and UNICEF will celebrate over ten years of working together to help over 74 million children in India create a better future for themselves and their families.
The partnership was launched with a pioneering campaign to promote children’s rights in the carpet belt in India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh. In 2006, the partnership was extended to include projects to end child labour in the cotton-producing state of Andhra Pradesh. In 2008, with an aim to promote child rights, child survival, growth and development, the partnership expanded across 15 states of the country where more than 28 million children are engaged in child labour and an estimated 4,700 children under the age of five die every day.
“By working together for the past 10 years, and contributing more than €100 million to UNICEF projects in India so far, we have created opportunities for more than 74 million children,” explains Per Heggenes, CEO at IKEA Foundation. “By thinking long-term and teaming-up with UNICEF, we’re giving hope to many millions of families.”
”IKEA’s leadership has made a lasting impact in the lives of children around the world,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. ”More children are getting the nutrition they need to survive and thrive, more children have access to safer water and better sanitation, and more children are learning in schools instead of being exploited in illegal labour. UNICEF looks forward to the next decade of this remarkable partnership with IKEA.”
In collaboration with the government of India, IKEA Foundation and UNICEF India have contributed to some of the following results over the past decade:
Health and Sanitation: combating malnutrition, poor water and sanitation.
Children’s Rights and Education: providing quality education, fighting child labour.
IKEA Foundation and UNICEF are working together to promote children’s rights and tackle the root causes of child labour in several Indian states. Through IKEA’s well-known Soft Toys for Education campaign, the IKEA Foundation also supports UNICEF’s Schools for Africa and Schools for Asia programmes.
For more information about this News Release, please contact:
Caroline Den Dulk, Chief, Advocacy and Communication
Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer
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