21 April 2015
21 April 2015
Exel Composites has been selected as a partner in a venture aimed at improving the life of refugees by providing safe and functional temporary shelters.
Exel says that the UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) has placed an order of 10,000 shelters with the social enterprise Better Shelter. It says that this unique collaboration between the UNHCR, Better Shelter and IKEA Foundation has resulted in a new, innovative, safer and more durable shelter for refugee families around the world. Better Shelter was started by the Housing for All Foundation, a non-profit foundation established by the IKEA Foundation. The aim is to bring dignity and safety to the millions of refugees fleeing violence, armed conflict, persecution and natural disasters.
Exel explains that the shelter is composed of a lightweight composite-reinforced steel frame, roof and wall panels, floor covering and a solar energy system. Special attention has been given to transport volume, weight, easy assembly, price, safety, and comfort. The expected lifespan of the shelter is three years. Prototypes were field-tested by refugees in Ethiopia and Iraq.
“Around 10,000 families will be provided with Better Shelter this upcoming year and that is just the beginning. We will continue to develop the Better Shelter and also other solutions to benefit the many displaced people. Innovation is our strongest driving force”, says Johan Karlsson, Better Shelter Founder.
“At Exel Composites we are honoured and humble to be part of this important project, addressing one of the most difficult situations facing humanity today. This initiative is a great example of the true meaning of our core values; innovation and sustainability, creating better conditions to millions of people in need, far away from their homes”, says Kari Loukola, SVP Sales and Marketing at Exel Composites.
Photo provided by Better Shelter.
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