The IKEA Soft Toy Campaign is working to improve education in Madagascar by supporting the construction of cyclone-proof, child-friendly schools, designed and constructed by architect Mario Bacigulupo.
For every soft toy, children’s book or children's meal bought between 24th October and 23rd December 2011, IKEA will donate 1 euro to education initiatives supported by UNICEF and Save the Children.
These photos show the difficulties Madagascar faces as one of the poorest countries in the world, and how UNICEF is helping its children develop and thrive in a safe education environment.
Find out more about IKEA's work with UNICEF and follow IKEA's campaign mascot Bjorn the Bear on Twitter.
Two small children whose home was destroyed by Cyclone Ivan stand in the village of Ampasimbola.
More than half of the district's buildings have been damaged or completely destroyed. About 60 per cent of crops have been flooded, household food stocks are exhausted, and no safe water is available. UNICEF provides safe water and sanitation supplies for children and families in cyclone-affected areas, essential drugs and basic supplies to restore and rehabilitate health centres; as well as tents and plastic sheeting for temporary classrooms, and 'school-in-a-box' kits and recreation supplies for children. Although temporary tents are immediately erected the need for safe schools is essential.