IKEA Indonesia and Better Shelter
In July, August and September 2018, a series of earthquakes and several aftershocks outside the Indonesian island Lombok caused severe damage: some 80% of buildings in the northern parts of the island were damaged or destroyed, and almost 700,000 people were displaced (IDMC, 2019). Several hundred people were confirmed killed and more than 1,000 injured.
Responding to the emergency, Ikea Indonesia has teamed up with two humanitarian NGOs – World Vision – Wahana Visi Indonesia (WVI) and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) – and installed a learning center for children in the Pengembuk sub district. The company will continue to install additional centers in other locations across North Lombok.
The center comprises of two structures, each made up of two Better Shelter units interlinked at the short ends, to accommodate various activities for children of different ages. The center opened in the month of August and today 181 affected children – ranging from toddlers to Senior High School students – can play, learn and create new memories with IKEA children products in a center designed with their specific needs in mind. Activities to choose between include reading, painting, drawing and playing with soft toys, building blocks and other games. The center, run by teachers and leaders from the community, aims at helping children to express their thoughts and emotions and to build up empathy and self-esteem, as well as to release tension and trauma.
Number of units34
PurposeChild friendly spaces