While the United States is struggling with the idea of housing Syrian refugees, one huge Swedish company has a solution, at least for housing.
The United Nations’ refugee agency ordered 10,000 temporary homes that were designed by IKEA. The agency that’s coordinating the delivery is Better Shelter and they are going to countries around the world, but the majority are in Iraq and Chad.
IKEA customers won’t be surprised to learn that the shelters come in a box, to be assembled at their destination (insert allen wrench joke here).
The shelters aren’t luxurious. They have the esthetics of a shipping container with a slanted roof, but they are very functional and last about three years. Once at their location, they’ll be set on a foundation, where the roof, including solar panels, will be added, along with windows and doors.
They also have mosquito nets, lights and ventilation, plus a lockable door to keep women and children safe from sexual violence, which is far too common. They are tiny – about 57 square feet with a six-foot ceiling – but they are safe, clean and are everything to people who don’t have homes.
You can get a better visual with this video:
All photos courtesy of Better Shelter.