Thank you IKEA for sponsoring this post. Buy a soft toy or children’s book
at IKEA between 11/9/14 – 1/3/15 and the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to Save the Children and UNICEF.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I played school growing up, always using my little brother as my student. While in high school, I worked at local preschools and my desire to teach continued to grow. When I was 21 that dream came true, as I graduated with my degree and got a job teaching third grade. The biggest reason I wanted to teach was to make a difference. Teaching was my calling. I couldn’t think of a more rewarding job.
Throughout my career teaching, I became a second mom to my students. I was with them from 8am-2pm. That is more time than most of them saw their parents on a daily basis. I gave them my all each day because that is what they deserved. I spent a good amount of my own money, helping to provide them with everything they needed in the classroom. I not only wanted my students to fall in love with learning, I wanted all of my students to be successful.
Unfortunately, many children in the world do not have an opportunity to get a quality education or have teachers who are able to provide so much for them. Thankfully, there are companies like Ikea who are doing what they can to make a difference for these children and help them get the education they deserve.
Right now, Ikea has a Soft Toys for Education Campaign that donates money to UNICEF and Save the children. The Soft Toys for Education Campaign is a global initiative and involves the entire range of IKEA soft toys and children’s books. For every soft toy or children’s book purchased at IKEA from November 9 2014 until January 3 2015, the IKEA Foundation will donate $1.00 to Save the Children and UNICEF.
The IKEA Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Stichting INGKA Foundation, the owner of the IKEA Group. Its vision is a world where children living in some of the world’s poorest communities to have more opportunities to create a better future for themselves and their families.
It aims to create substantial and lasting change by funding holistic, long-term programmes in developing countries that address children’s fundamental needs: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and a sustainable family income.
Since the Soft Toy campaign began in 2003, the IKEA Foundation has donated $90.4 million to UNICEF and Save the Children enabling more than 11 million children in 46 countries to have the opportunity of accessing a quality education. Last year alone, the IKEA Foundation raised $13.6 million (10.1 million euro) and over $1 million was raised in the US. This year, they will probably go over $100 million in total contributions since 2003. You can be part of the impact this year. You can purchase a Soft Toy or Children’s book from November 2014- January 2015 and Ikea will donate $1.00 to children’s education projects through UNICEF and Save the Children. The money will help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in child-friendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply educational materials in the schools, help rebuild schools, provide better water and toilet facilities, and increase school attendance rates.
You can help this campaign continue to be successful. Think of checking off some of those gifts on your list with a Soft Toy or book from IKEA!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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